The New Century Master's Fellowship in English
Christine Ann Smith Hult was born in Willmar, Minnesota to Ronald Douglas Smith and Caroline Ruth Hodson Smith. She attended public school in Montevideo, Minnesota and was selected to the Minnesota All-State orchestra as principal oboist and English horn player. She received a music scholarship to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Christine met her husband, Nathan D. Hult (a trumpet and French horn player), through musical groups at Concordia, including a woodwind quintet and the chamber orchestra. They were married in Montevideo in 1970. She continued to pursue her education through several moves around the country while Nathan served a military term in an Army band.
After finishing military service, the couple moved to Moscow, Idaho, for Nathan to attend law school and Christine to continue her education as well. Christine earned both her BA and MA degrees from the University of Idaho with a certification in secondary English teaching. Christine taught high school English in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, prior to a move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned a PhD in the joint program in English and Education from the University of Michigan in 1982. Her first college faculty position was at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where she served for three years as the Director of Writing.
In 1985, she was offered a faculty position in the English department at Utah State University, where she has taught writing and pedagogy courses ever since. Nathan established a legal practice in Logan. Along with pursuing their educations and subsequent careers, Nathan and Christine raised their two children, Jennifer and Justin, who now live and work in the San Francisco bay area. Currently Christine is Professor of English and Associate Department Head at Utah State University. Her research interests include computers in writing and program and teacher evaluation, as reflected in recent publications including the award-winning New Century Handbook, 2/e (with Tom Huckin, Allyn-Bacon-Longman, 2002) and Evaluating Teachers of Writing (NCTE, 1994).
She has published books and articles on a range of composition and administrative topics in various composition journals, including WPA, JAC, Rhetoric Review, and Computers and Composition, along with a series of WAC textbooks and many book chapters. She served for seven years as the editor for the WPA Journal. She started the Center for Online Education (COLE) at Utah State University and served as its first director. In addition to being selected as USU's Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year for 2000,
Professor Hult recently received a prestigious award for innovations in teaching with technology. Royalty proceeds from her best-selling New Century Handbook serve as the foundation for this fellowship, after which it is named. Recipients of The New Century Master's Fellowship in English are master's level graduate students specializing in either technical writing or composition teaching. Christine is especially concerned to provide financial assistance to worthy graduate students who are pursuing their educations online via the Internet and who do not have other assistantships or scholarships from Utah State University.