Dr. Chris Willerton received the Frances Hernández Scholar-Teacher Award at CCTE’s 2014 Awards Luncheon in Lubbock, Texas on March 1, 2014. The award was established by the Hernandez family in honor of Frances Hernandez, a renowned scholar and teacher, who was a vital part of CCTE.
Chris Willerton earned his BA at Texas Christian University and both his master’s and his doctorate at the University of North Carolina.
Chris Willerton taught as an instructor at Abilene Christian University from 1970 to 1973 and as a tenure-track and tenured professor at ACU from 1976. He will retire in August of 2014 after serving at ACU for more than forty years.
Chris has touched the lives of students throughout his years at ACU and several of his former students are now professors of English across the state, including Dr. Brent Gibson (Mary-Hardin Baylor), Jana Anderson (Lubbock Christian College), and Dr. Suanna Davis (Abilene Christian University).
Dr. Willerton’s publications include articles in Journal of Education and Christian Belief, The National Honors Report, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Christianity and Literature, and New Wineskins. He also has chapters in the many books including The Word in the English Classroom: Best Practices of Faith Integration, College Faith 3, and Texas in Poetry: A 150-Year Anthology.
Dr. Willerton has presented at numerous conferences throughout the years including the Christian Scholars Conference, Popular Culture Association Conference, and the National Collegiate Honors Council, and has been a regular participant in CCTE.
Chris Willerton most recently served as the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for CCTE (2010-2013) and is presently the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English at Abilene Christian University.