At the 2015 meeting of the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE), Lubbock Christian University Dean of the Hancock College of Liberal Arts and Education, Dr. Susan Blassingame, was awarded the 2015 Frances Hernández Scholar-Teacher Award, which is a lifetime achievement award given each year to a university English professor who manifests excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Recipients receive a plaque at the spring CCTE conference and an award of $1,000.
There will be a reception honoring Dr. Blassingame in the Betty Hancock Parlor on Lubbock Christian University’s campus on Wednesday, Mar. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public is invited.
The CCTE Executive Council selects recipients from nominations made by colleagues within the nominee’s university and from peers from universities throughout Texas. The nominations are based on a demonstrated dedication to the profession through outstanding teaching, service to CCTE, university, and other professional organizations, and both academic and scholarly achievement.
After receiving the award, Dr. Blassingame said, “I’ve been attending CCTE for over twenty years, so I know many of the people who have won the award before me; it’s an honor to be in their company. Receiving the award makes me aware of the importance of staying current in the field of scholarship and of teaching, the most important task of a professor.”
Dr. Chris Willerton, Professor Emeritus of English at Abilene Christian University, nominated Dr. Blassingame, noting her capability, energy, and selflessness. He adds, “Her collegiality also makes her a model for the rest of us. In our many hours on committees together, I’ve always been struck by her eagerness to bring out the best in others and to take the long view of an organization’s welfare.”
Dr. Beth Battles, Professor of English at Texas Wesleyan University, praised Dr. Blassingame for being the “consummate professional,” always ready to help a fellow teacher regardless of geographic limitations, and for the mentoring and program reviews she has provided for the professors in the Wesleyan English department to strengthen their programs. Battles adds, “It seems to me that the very definition of a teacher-scholar is a person who lives that label, who brings the professionalism and integrity of the scholar to her teaching as well as to the way she lives her life. Dr. Susan Blassingame is an example to all who are fortunate to know and work with her. She certainly exemplifies the qualities necessary for a recipient of the Frances Hernández Scholar-Teacher Award.”