English chair receives national honor

Gary Salvner, chair of English at YSU, received the Ted Hipple Service Award at the National Convention of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Gary Salvner

Gary Salvner, professor and chair of the English Department at Youngstown State University, received the Ted Hipple Service Award by ALAN, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English at its National Convention in Chicago.

The Ted Hipple Service Award is named for the organization’s founding executive secretary, who served ALAN in that capacity for 26 years. It is given annually to an individual who has provided exemplary service to the organization and to the field of young adult literature.

Salvner succeeded Hipple as only the second executive secretary in the organization’s history, serving in that capacity for 10 years. He served on the ALAN board for more than 15 years, including a term as president.

Salvner was also recognized for his service to the field of young adult literature. He co-directs the YSU English Festival, recognized nationally as an innovative and effective program for encouraging and rewarding reading and writing among young people. Salvner is a founding member of the English Festival Committee, having assisted with the program for all of its 34 years. He has served the last 20 years as the Festival’s chair or co-chair.

Salvner has published three books and numerous articles in young adult literature, served on NCTE’s Commission on the Study of Young Adult Literature, and co-edited the book review section of The ALAN Review.  He has received three Distinguished Professorship Awards from YSU and the Chairs’ Leadership Award and Watson Award  for his service as department chair.