UM Professor Wins National Outstanding English Educator Award

August 19, 2015

Beverly Ann Chin

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s English department chair has been named the winner of the 2015 Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator, given by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Beverly Ann Chin will be announced as the award recipient at the Middle Level Get-Together on Thursday, Nov. 19, during the 2015 NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I am deeply honored by this recognition of my commitment, passion and advocacy on behalf of adolescent literacy,” Chin said.

Established in 1996, the Halle Award honors an educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts. The award is named for middle level educator Richard Halle of Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Chin is a past president of NCTE and former board member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She also served as the senior project consultant for the 2011 Writing Framework for National Assessment of Educational Progress. In 2012, Chin received the NCTE Distinguished Service Award. Since 1981, she has directed the English Teaching Program at UM. Chin received the University’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 1987.

“Throughout my career, I have had the great pleasure of teaching, mentoring and collaborating with knowledgeable, creative and compassionate English language arts educators,” she said.

Chin has more than 35 years of experience as an English language arts teacher, adult education instructor and teacher educator. She consults nationally and internationally on English language arts standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment.

For more information about the award, including previous winners, visit

Contact: Beverly Ann Chin, professor and chair, UM Department of English, 406-243-2463,