ACETA Call for Nominations for the Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

aceta logo lrg emailThe Association of College English Teachers of Alabama
Announces a Call for Nominations

The Eugene Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

ACETA solicits nominations for the 2015 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. This award is made annually to a living, outstanding literary scholar who is from Alabama or has worked primarily in Alabama or has focused mainly on Alabama writers.

As originally conceived, the award “recognizes and rewards Alabamians who have distinguished themselves as men or women of letters, specifically in scholarly reflection and writing on literary topics.” It also demonstrates “the respect of the scholar’s peers in the academic community and signals to the citizenry at large the lasting importance of the pursuit of knowledge and the contribution of literature to the culture.” The award includes a $5000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze of the clock tower on the old Monroe County Courthouse. The 2015 Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship will be presented with its sister award, the Harper Lee Award for the 2015 Distinguished Alabama Writer, at the Alabama Writers’ Symposium in Monroeville on April 23-25, 2015. The generosity of George Landegger, chairman of Parsons and Whittemore, makes both awards possible.

A nomination must include a curriculum vitae reflecting the course of the nominee’s scholarly career, a detailed bibliography of the nominee’s scholarly productions, and a cover letter clarifying and supporting the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Nominations may contain other letters of support from recognized scholars in the nominee’s field; they should not contain copies of actual publications.

Send nominations to:

Anissa Graham, ACETA Executive Secretary
University of North Alabama
1 Harrison Plaza, Box 5050
Florence, Alabama 35632

The postmark deadline for nominations is January 23, 2015. ACETA’s steering committee will review all nominations and select a winner, whose name will be announced at the 2015 ACETA conference, at the University of South Alabama – Baldwin County Campus, Fairhope. All nominations and all committee deliberations are confidential.

The award is named for the late Dr. Eugene Current-Garcia, who, in a distinguished academic career spanning five decades, mostly at Auburn University, published six books and dozens of articles and reviews on the short story genre and Old Southwest humor and also founded and co-edited the Southern Humanities Review. Previous winners of the Eugene Current-Garcia Award include Claudia Durst Johnson (1998), Philip Beidler (1999), Don Noble (2000), Bert Hitchcock (2001), Trudier Harris (2002), William Hutchings (2003), Benjamin B. Williams (2004), Robert W. Halli, Jr. (2005), Nancy Grisham Anderson (2006), Elaine W. Hughes (2007), Norman McMillan (2008), John H. Hafner (2009), Ralph Voss (2010), David Sauer (2011), Bill Ulmer (2012), and Sue Walker (2013).

ACETA Call for Papers for McMillan Undergraduate Writing Awards

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The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA)
Announces A Call for Papers for

The 2014 Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award

 Postmark Deadline: January 24, 2015

The McMillan Award is presented annually to the undergraduate student at an Alabama college or university whose informal essay is judged most outstanding by a panel of judges chosen by ACETA.

Requirements

  • The essay must have been written for a class taken during the current or previous academic year.
  • It may be descriptive, reflective, or analytical, but it may not be a formal research paper.
  • It must not exceed 2000 words.
  • It must not have been published previously except possibly in campus publications such as college newspapers or literary magazines.
  • The English instructor for whose class the essay was written should submit the essay. An instructor may submit only one essay in each year’s competition.
  • A cover sheet should be attached to the entry stating the title of the essay, the author’s name, the name of the college or university, and the name and title of the nominator, with address, telephone number, and email address. No name should appear on the essay.

The winner will receive a cash award of $150 and will read the paper at ACETA’s annual conference at University of South Alabama – Baldwin County Campus, Fairhope on March 13-14, 2015.

Email entries to Anissa Graham at amgraham@una.edu (electronic submissions encouraged).

Mail entries to:           

Anissa Graham, ACETA Executive Secretary
University of North Alabama
Box 5050
Florence, Alabama 35632

The McMillan Award honors the memory of Dr. Mary Evelyn McMillan, charter member of ACETA and longtime faculty member at Jacksonville State University, for her deep commitment to her students and to the teaching profession. It is given from funds her family has generously made available.

 

ACETA Call for Papers for Calvert and Woodall Awards

aceta logo lrg emailThe Association of College English Teachers of Alabama

Announces A Call for Papers for

The 2015 William J. Calvert Award

for a paper on any scholarly or theoretical topic in English studies

 and The 2015 James Woodall Award

 for a paper on any pedagogical topic in English studies

 Postmark Deadline: January 23, 2015

College English teachers and graduate students may submit papers for one or both of the competitions. The writer’s name, along with the title of the essay and the writer’s institutional affiliation, should appear on a cover sheet but not on the paper itself. Papers may not have been previously read or published.

Each award winner will receive $150 from ACETA. Condensed versions of the winning papers will be presented at the annual meeting of ACETA held at the University of South Alabama – Baldwin County Campus in Fairhope on March 13-14, 2015.

A panel appointed by the ACETA president will judge the papers.

Email entries to Anissa Graham at amgraham@una.edu (electronic submissions encouraged).

Mail entries to:

Anissa Graham, ACETA Executive Secretary
University of North Alabama
Box 5050
Florence, Alabama 35632

ACETA Call for Proposals for 2015 Conference

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama

Call for Proposals

ACETA’s 67th Annual Conference
University of South Alabama, Baldwin County Campus
Fairhope, Alabama
March 13-14, 2015

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Orange Beach, Alabama  — Picture by Leslie Byars, blogger

 A Place in the Sun

Teachers as well as graduate and undergraduate students of the humanities are invited to submit presentation proposals for ACETA’s 67th Annual Conference to be held March 13-14, 2015, at the University of South Alabama, Baldwin County Campus in Fairhope. The conference will explore the interactions between the humanities and the notion of finding “a place in the sun.” Potential topics may include but are not limited to

  • Diasporas as presented in and by the various humanities
  • Representations of success (financial, personal, intellectual, aesthetic, etc.)
  • Representations of the good life
  • Dreams, aspirations, goals
  • Coastal communities
  • The sun/beach in song and story
  • Creating/highlighting student success as writers
  • Importance of place in the life of writers (professional or student)

Proposals of no more than 500 words should be sent no later than Monday, January 5, 2015 to Anissa Graham, Executive Secretary, ACETA, University of North Alabama, by email to amgraham@una.edu.  Electronic submissions are preferred.  Proposals should also include the presenter’s name, school affiliation, and position; panel proposals are welcomed as well. When proposing a panel, please indicate the names, affiliations, and positions of all members of the panel and if any of the presenters would be able to serve as the panel moderator. Audiovisual needs should be indicated as well.

Each presenter should limit himself/herself to a 15-minute talk. Presenters must pay the conference registration fee, which includes membership dues; this fee will be waived for undergraduate presenters.

For more information, please visit ACETA’s website at http://alcollegeenglish.org/.

News

Eugene Current-Garcia Award Winners

2013 Sue Brannan Walker
2012 William A. Ulmer
2011 David Sauer
2010 Ralph Voss
2009 John Hafner
2008 11th Annual Norman MacMillan
2007 Elaine Hughes
2006 Nancy Anderson
2005 Robert Halli (Dr. Bob Halli)
2004 Benjamin Buford Williams
2003 J. William Hutchings
2002 Trudier Harris
2001 Bert Hitchcock
2000 Don Noble
1999 Philip Beidler
1998 Claudia Durst Johnson

Dr. Cynthia A. Gravlee has died

ACETA is sad to report the death from cancer Wednesday afternoon of former ACETA steering committee member Dr. Cynthia A. Gravlee. She was Associate Professor Emerita of English at the University of Montevallo, having taught there for about twenty years. After retiring, her love for ballroom dancing helped her to stay active. She served on the steering committee for several terms, ending in 2008. Her lively mind, good sense of humor, and kind spirit made Cindy a valuable contributor to ACETA.

Cynthia Gravlee’s dedication to educating Montevallo students will live on through the memories of her colleagues and students; her Arthurian literature classes were especially popular. She also leaves behind the Cynthia Acosta Gravlee Scholarship, which she endowed, as an annual award to a UM student majoring in English and majoring or minoring in a foreign language.

A memorial service honoring Dr. Gravlee’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, November 17, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Vestavia Hills.

Dr. Ben and Marilyn Williams
have passed

The ACETA family is saddened to learn of the deaths of Dr. Ben and Marilyn Williams. Mrs. Williams died on Saturday, October 19, and Dr. Williams died the next day; he was 90.

The Williamses’ funerals will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Ben Williams was Professor of English Emeritus at Auburn University Montgomery. In 2004, he received the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. In the scholarly world, he was best known for his pioneering study A Literary History of Alabama: The Nineteenth Century, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 1979.

When ACETA met at AUM in 2004, Ben and Marilyn Williams were honored at the Saturday luncheon. Bert Hitchcock from Auburn, who had nominated Ben Williams for the Current-Garcia Award, told appreciative stories about his longtime friend and his work as did Dr. Williams’s AUM colleagues Bob Evans, Susie Paul, and Nancy Grisham Anderson. The next year, when ACETA met at Alabama A & M, Williams gave the Saturday keynote address, speaking on antebellum writers from north Alabama such as Caroline Lee Hentz, the slave poet George Moser Horton, Anne Newport Royall, Marie Howard Weeden, and Jeremiah Clemens.

The Williamses were devoted to each other and to their family, friends, and AUM and will be greatly missed.

Home of ACETA: The Association of College Teachers of Alabama

Officers

Steve Hubbard
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
President

Gloria Horton
Jacksonville State University
Vice President and NCTE Liaison

Christy Hutcheson
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Executive Secretary.

Loretta S. Burns
Tuskegee University
Member at Large

Melinda Byrd-Murphy
Alabama Southern Community College
Member at Large

Bryan Johnson
Samford University
Member at Large

Cathlena Martin
University of Montevallo
Member at Large

Dawn Miranda-Fraser
Immediate Past President

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