Writing Center Consultant Wins "Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service"

April 17, 2018
Michael Shirzadian

Writing Center Consultant  and Assistant Coordinator Michael Shirzadian was awarded the "Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service."

The Graduate Student award for Excellence in Community Service is presented by the Office of Student Life, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Office of Service-Learning to recognize students at OSU who have rendered exceptional outreach and/or engagement within Ohio's communities through their personal commitment to service. This award is given to a graduate student that has truly distinguisehd themself through individual community sevice efforts or efforts made as a member of a group or society. The recipient of the award has made a significant contribution to our institution's culture of service, further establishing and strengthening Ohio State's commitment to supporting the communities we serve.

Michael is a PhD student in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy. His research interrogates the material-discursive construction of race, disability and political economy. He is also interested in ambient rhetoric, specifically how radical justice movements mobilize ambient or ecological factors as corrective to traditional strategies of resistance operating within liberal justice frameworks. His interests as a compositionist are twofold: (1) he interrogates the prevalence and violence of neoliberalism within academic institutions and (2) he theorizes strategies of resistance via anti-racist and collaborative pedagogies.


Ohio State’s Engagement Recognition Awards Ceremony will take place on May 2 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Awards will be given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. The event is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to attend. RSVP requested at http://go.osu.edu/awardsceremony.