CCTE Conference Overview

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What is CCTE?
CCCTE (Conference of College Teachers of English) is one of the oldest scholarly organizations in Texas with its first meeting in 1933.

It is run by the Executive Council (Officers and Members), volunteers who organize the conference and encourage teaching, scholarship, and service.

2015 Conference Overview
This year’s conference is March 5-7, 2015.

It will be held at the South Shore Resort and Spa on beautiful Clear Lake. South Shore Resort overlooks the marina, has scrumptious food, and very reasonable room prices.

CCTE shares the conference with the Texas College English Association.

Other Information
Conference Panel Topics
Conference Schedule

TCEA Breakfast Speaker: Michelle Hartman

Michelle Hartman is the editor of Red River Review , and a past president of The Dallas Poets Community. Her first book of poetry, Disenchanted and Disgruntled, was published by Lamar University Press. Ms. Harman’s work has appeared in several international journals, as well as several poetry anthologies. She is a native Texan and has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University as well as a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Tarrant County College. She is listed on the online Poets & Writers.

Watch her presenting her poetry at The Langdon Review in September 2014.

Executive Council Members

Literature/Film/Popular Culture

Dalel Serda, Chair (2015)
College of the Mainland
Humanities Department
1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591
Email: dserda@com.edu

Nicholas Webb (2016)
McLennan Community College
4839 Talbert Ranch Rd.
China Spring, TX 76633
Email: nwebb@mclennan.edu

Darlene Beaman (2017)
Lone Star College Kingwood
20000 Kingwood Dr., PAC 119 I
Kingwood, TX 77339
Email: Darlene.S.Beaman@lonestar.edu

Rhetoric/Composition/Technical Writing/Languages Studies

Beth Battles, Chair (2015)
Texas Wesleyan University
Department of English
1201 Wesleyan St.
Fort Worth TX 76105
Email: ebattles@txwes.edu

Melinda McBee (2016)
Email: mcbeem@grayson.edu

Jana Anderson (2017)
Lubbock Christian University
Department of English
5601 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407-7612
Email: jana.anderson@lcu.edu

Creative Writing: Poetry/Prose

Brenda Bradley, Chair (2015)
McLennan Community College
Department of English
Waco, TX 76708
Email: bbradley@mclennan.edu

Marcy Tanter (2016)
Tarleton State University
Department of English and Languages
Box T-0300
Stephenville TX 76402
Email: tanter@tarleton.edu

Laura Bedwell (2017)
University of Mary Hardin Baylor
UMHB Box 8008
900 College St.
Belton, TX 76513
Email: lbedwell@umhb.edu

Executive Officers 2014-2015

Moumin Quazi, President
Tarleton State University
Department of English and Languages
Box T-0300
Stephenville, TX 76402
Email: quazi@tarleton.edu

Gilchrist White, Past President
College of the Mainland
Department of English
1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591
Email: GWhite@com.edu

Arch Mayfield, Past Past President
Wayland Baptist University
6140 Avery Dr., Apt. 6103
Fort Worth, TX 76132
Email: archmayfield@yahoo.com

Steve Remollino, President-Elect
Department of English
College of the Mainland
1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591
Email: sremollino@com.edu

Gwen Whitehead, Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Lamar University–Orange
Department of English
410 Front St.
Orange, TX 77630
Email: gwen.whitehead@lsco.edu

Other Executive Council Positions:
Moumin Quazi, Editor of CCTE Studies
Tarleton State University
Department of English and Languages
Box T-0300
Stephenville, TX 76402
Email: quazi@tarleton.edu

Suanna Davis, Web Manager
Abilene Christian University
Department of Language and Literature
ACU Box 28252
Abilene, TX 79699-8252
Email: shd11a@acu.edu

2015 Conference Schedule Overview

Conference Schedule
Thursday afternoon the Executive Council meets (Officers and Members).

Thursday evening the President’s Reception takes place. The President’s Reception offers a chance to meet people and talk to colleagues, while listening to excellent music and eating. The College of the Mainland’s jazz band will be playing, directed by Sparky Koerner. The reception includes a complimentary drink, cash bar, and excellent food. The 2015 President’s Reception will serve fried chicken tenders, BBQ cocktail meatballs, oriental egg rolls, as well as domestic and imported cheeses with crackers and French bread.

Friday morning is CCTE’s State of the Profession breakfast. During this breakfast the speaker will be Jerry Bradley. The menu is a full American breakfast including eggs, choice of meats, breakfast potatoes, pastries, butter and preserves, orange juice, herbal tea, and coffee.

After breakfast, panels begin. There are two morning panel times and each is an hour and twenty minutes.

During the morning on Friday the progressive break will have coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit juice, and pastries available.

The lunch break is after the two morning panels and is an hour and a half long. Attendees are free to go to lunch at the resort or nearby restaurants and a list of these will be available at the conference.

There are two afternoon panel times.

In the afternoon on Friday the progressive break offers coffee, tea, soft drinks, homemade cookies, and brownies.

Friday afternoon is the President’s Forum and the CCTE Business Meeting.

Friday evening folks are on their own to explore the area, but the local arrangements chairs—Steve Remollino and Gilchrist White—have put together three tracks:
Kemah Boardwalk
Kemah Ghost Tour, including pirate lore and true crime scenes
On Your Own recommendations for dining and entertainment

Saturday morning is the TCEA breakfast. During this breakfast the speaker will be Michelle Hartman, a published poet and an entertaining speaker. The menu is a full American breakfast including eggs, choice of meats, breakfast potatoes, pastries, butter and preserves, orange juice, herbal tea, and coffee.

After breakfast, panels begin and there are two panel sessions before lunch.

The Awards Luncheon on Saturday features excellent food and the opportunity to celebrate with friends and colleagues. The Keynote Speaker is Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author and academician.

Both TCEA and CCTE present awards.

TCEA gives an award.

CCTE’s awards have cash prizes and includes publication in the MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed CCTE Studies. CCTE offers up to six awards from the literature area, three from the rhetoric area, and two from the creative writing area.

In addition, the Executive Council of CCTE is charged with presenting the Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award link to list of previous award winners for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service to CCTE. This prize was created by the family of Frances Hernández and awards $1,000 and a plaque to the recipient.

The conference officially ends with the Saturday luncheon.

A tour of the Johnson Space Center with half price tickets for attendees and their families has been arranged for Saturday afternoon.

For Presenters

Please bear in mind that

woman turning in paper1.Presentations must be delivered at the conference in person, by the author of the paper. Presentation by proxy will not be allowed. If a paper has co-authors and one is unable to attend, the other may present the paper, thus keeping it eligible for consideration by CCTE Studies.

2. Each paper presentation is limited to 15 minutes. That limits each manuscript to about 7 double-spaced pages. To be fair to all presenters, presiders will enforce time limits. Please heed these instructions! It always detracts from a panel if a presenter has to read unnaturally fast or be told to end abruptly.

We appreciate your cooperation. It makes the conference enjoyable for everyone.

Fall Executive Council Meeting

Fall Executive Council Meeting
The fall Executive Council meeting is usually on Thursday at SCMLA unless SCMLA is not held in Texas or is at an unusual time. If the Executive Council does not meet on Thursday of SCMLA, it meets on a Saturday afternoon in a centrally located and agreed upon place.

The 2015 Fall Meeting
The fall meeting in 2015 will be held on October 24, 2015 in Salado, Texas.