Department of Digital Writing and Media Arts

Dr. Kenneth Rainey

The Ken and Elaine Rainey Scholarship was established in honor of the late Dr. Kenneth Rainey (1936-2006). Dr. Rainey spent his career teaching at Tulane University, Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Ohio State University, and University of Memphis. His final teaching position was at Southern Polytechnic State University where he taught from 1989 until his death in 2006. He was the department chair for three years, and taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including document design, graphics, multimedia, technical writing and editing, and research methods.

Dr. Rainey inspired both students and faculty alike to purse a lifelong commitment to learning and service. He was recognized internationally for his excellence in teaching, research, and service. He was recognized as a Fellow of the Society of the Technical Communication (STC), STC’s Jay Gould Award for excellence in teaching technical communication, Southern Polytechnic’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 1992, and the Southern Polytechnic’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2001.

Digital Writing and Media Arts awards the Rainey Scholarship to one or more students each year. The endowed fund provides us with a way to acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Rainey and the efforts of our students.

If you would like to contribute to the Rainey Scholarship, please contact us.