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

Trophy ClipartTCEA AWARD
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.
The George Nixon Award for Creative Prose went to Dr. Jeffrey DeLotto, of Texas Wesleyan University, for his “Selected Poems.”

They also had two honorable mentions:
Trudi Beckham, of UT: Arlington, for “Water, Falling”
Erin Daugherty, of Abilene Christian University, for “Yellow Lines Between”

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 Popkin 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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Congratulations and Hugs

After Award Congratulations and Hugs

Since it was my camera and Dr. Chris Willerton was my professor, most of the pictures are of him and those who wanted to congratulate him on winning the Frances Hernández Scholar-Teacher Award.


Chris and birthday celebrant Linda Cook:


Chris talking to people out of the frame:


Chris and Gwen Whitehead, Lamar University:


Chris, Gwen, and Gilchrist:



Chris and Arch Mayfield, “retired” from Wayland Baptist (but teaching 2 online classes) and TCU (also 2 classes):



Chris with ACU colleague and former student Steve Weathers:


Gilchrist and Chris pose with “the plaque”:



Jana Anderson of LCU takes their plaque back (Chris’ will come to ACU soon) and hugs Chris. Jana was a graduate student at Abilene Christian.

Chris and Jana:


Suanna Davis of ACU, Chris, and Moumin Quazi of Tarleton State:

Jana Anderson graciously took pictures. Thank you, Jana! Drs. Davis and Willerton:


Chris and Bob Frye (last year’s Frances Hernández Scholar-Teacher Award winner):





Out With the Old, In With the New… Or How Moumin Finally Got the Briefcase

Gilchrist White, in her last act as CCTE President 2013-14, introduced President-Elect Moumin Quazi, Tarleton State, as the 2014-15 CCTE President.

The new president is presented with a briefcase that may have been carried by CCTE’s first president 80+ years ago.

Newly installed president Moumin Quazi explains he has been waiting years to get his hands on that briefcase.

The new president is also presented with a gavel. The only time I’ve ever seen the gavel used was as it was being handed over. Perhaps it is also bordering on being an antique, like the briefcase?

Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award 2014

Gilchrist White, College of the Mainland, was the 2013-14 CCTE President. As part of this position, she announces the winner of the Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award. The recipient of this award receives a plaque and a check for $1,000. Winners are usually long-time members of CCTE and widely known and respected in their fields.

This year’s winner of CCTE’s Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award is Dr. Chris Willerton, from whom I had the privilege of taking undergraduate classes and for whom I worked as a graduate assistant.


Chris received a standing ovation from his colleagues when this was announced.



Gilchrist was choked up announcing the award. She and Chris have known each other for years. Gilchrist had quotes from Chris’ former students who are now colleagues which she read as she made the announcement.


Chris spoke a few sentences, including the words thought and wrought. I was crying and didn’t take notes. Sorry, Chris!



Area chairs announced the winners.

Steve Sherwood for Creative Writing.

ACU’s Erin Daugherty received Honorable Mention.

Beth Battles announced the Literature Awards. There were MANY. American, British, World, Pedagogy, Shakespeare.

And CCTE members contributed to a Graduate Paper in Literature so that next year a graduate student’s work can be specifically recognized.

This year’s Robert Adger Law Award for best Shakespeare paper went to graduate student Sarah Eason of Abilene Christian.

Other winners will be posted when I have everyone’s names.

Rhetoric awards announced.

Popken: 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”

Graduate Student Award: Alexa Hernandez, Tarleton State University, “Man Up: The Obsessive Use of Joke in For Whom the Bell Tolls”