Keynote Speaker 2015

chitra-banerjee-divakaruni-headChitra Banerjee Divakaruni has graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker at the CCTE Saturday luncheon on 7 March 2015.

Divakaruni has won the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, the American Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, and numerous others. She is a brilliant writer and will add a wonderful dimension to our proceedings.

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Images of a few of her novels:







CCTE Past President LeMaster Dies

JR (Jimmie Ray) LeMaster’s obituary tells a lot about his life, but not about his experience with CCTE.

Jerry Craven notes: “JR and I were in the same doctoral class at Bowling Green University. He served as president of CCTE toward the end of his career… J. R. taught for almost his entire career at Baylor, was active (though a bit shy) in Texas letters.”

JR supported CCTE and will be missed by those who knew him.

Nominations for Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award

Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award

Nomination deadline October 15, 2014

Each year the Conference of College Teachers of English honors the memory of Dr. Frances Hernández, longtime member of CCTE. Recipients should manifest the excellence in teaching, scholarship and service exemplified by Dr. Hernández herself. Recipients receive a plaque at the spring CCTE conference and an award of $1,000.

Specifically, nominees for this award should demonstrate their dedication to the profession through the following:

Outstanding teaching
Service to CCTE, to college or university, and to other professional organizations
Academic and scholarly achievement.
Nominees must be CCTE members in good standing at the time of the nomination. Nominations, including self-nominations, should be sent, along with substantiating documentation and rationale, to the CCTE president by October 15, 2014. Materials must include a letter of nomination, a complete c.v. for the nominee, and other supporting documents including letters of recommendation.

Nominations go to Dr. Moumin Quazi at

2014 Award Winners

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TCEA presented its annual award to Steve Sherwood, of Texas Christian University, for his creative prose piece “Texas Doomers: A Trilogy.”

The winners of the CCTE awards will be published in CCTE Studies, edited by Dr. Moumin Quazi of Tarleton State University.

Creative Writing:
The Creative Writing section awarded one prize.
Dr. Jeffrey DeLotto, of Texas Wesleyan University, won the poetry prize for his “Selected Poems.”

Literature, Film, and Popular Culture:
Here are the Awards for Lit/Film/PopCulture:

Robert Adger Law Award for Best Shakespeare Paper: “Where two raging fires meet together”: Constructed Gender Performances of Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew by Sarah Eason, Abilene Christian University

American Literature Award: Picture Stories in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God by Cindy M. McClenagan, Wayland Baptist University

British Literature Award: Thinking with Dogs in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley by Karen Dodwell, University of Texas at San Antonio

World Literature Award: Caribbean Postcolonial Women’s Writing:Bildungsroman in the Diaspora by Mina Sommerville-Thompson, Tarrant County College Northeast

Pedagogy Award for Lit/Film/PopCulture: “Where are the Horse and the Rider?”: An Approach to Using J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to Teach Medieval Literature in the British Literature Survey Classroom by Sherry Rankin, Abilene Christian University

Rhetoric, Composition, Technical Writing, and Language Studies:
The rhetoric section also awarded several prizes.

Randy Popken Memorial Award: Dr. Charles Etheridge, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, “Analogy, Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Rhetoric of Belief in the Middle Ages”

Pedagogy: Olga Pahom, Texas Tech University, “Does Instruction Make a Difference in the Adult Acquisition of English as a Second Language”

W. E. Tanner Award for the best graduate paper in rhetoric: Alexa Hernandez, Tarleton State University, “Man Up: The Obsessive Use of Joke in For Whom the Bell Tolls

chris_willertonFrances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award: Chris Willerton of Abilene Christian University

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Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award 2014
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