Dr. Michael Bokor wins prestigious
The Long Island University in New York on Friday (April
26) awarded the prestigious David Newton Award for
Excellence in Teaching for 2013 to Dr. Michael J.K.
Bokor, Assistant Professor of English.
By winning this 26th edition of this prestigious award,
Dr. Bokor has made Ghana and Africa proud. He is the
first Ghanaian (and African, for that matter) to have
won this award since its establishment in 1988.
Moreover, Dr. Bokor is the first and only Ghanaian (and
African, for that matter) to be recruited as full-time
faculty member of the Department of English of the
Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Brooklyn Campus, since the establishment of the Long
Island University in 1926.
In a letter recognizing Dr. Bokor’s accomplishments, the
President of the Long Island University, Dr. David J.
Steinberg praised him for winning the university’s
highest recognition for teaching, an award that is given
“to honor our faculty for their mastery of subject,
their contributions to the intellectual growth of their
students, and their dedication to the hallowed
traditions of the academy.”
On his part, Dr. Jeffrey Kane, Vice President for
Academic Affairs, commended Dr. Bokor’s dedication to
inspiring the critical engagement of the university’s
students through the quality of his teaching. He noted
that the interaction of teacher and student is the
foundation of any educational experience, adding “and I
lend my appreciation for your part in setting the
standard for Long Island University.”
Dr. Bokor teaches undergraduate and graduate-level
courses in composition, technical and professional
writing, general linguistics, and editing, among others.
He also directs graduate students’ theses, mentors
undergraduate students and Graduate Teaching Fellows,
and co-advises the African Students Association. He is
the chair of the Conolly College Undergraduate
His publication (“Moving International Technical
Communication Forward: A World Englishes Approach,”
published in the Journal of Technical Writing and
Communication, 41(2), (2011): 113–138, was nominated for
a national award of the 2012 Conference on College
Composition and Communication in the category of “Best
Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or
Dr. Bokor is a product of the University of Cape Coast
(Bachelor of Arts) and the Illinois State University in
the United States (Ph.D. in English Studies). He was the
first Ghanaian to be enrolled for graduate studies in
the English Department of the Illinois State University
since its establishment in 1859.