CEA gives the following awards each year:

Fred Standley CEA Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes extraordinary and sustained service to the Association and the profession. Awarded when merited. (Determined by the Awards Committee.)

Joe D. Thomas CEA Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes service to CEA through contributions to the organization over a period of time (through committee work, service as an elected officer, and other projects). (Determined by the Awards Committee.)

CEA Professional Achievement Award

Recognizes an Association member who has significantly contributed to teaching and scholarship at the college level. (Determined by the Awards Committee.)

Robert A. Miller CEA Memorial Prize for the year's best article in The CEA Critic

Honors the best essay and writer of that essay to appear in a CEA publication during the preceding year. (Determined by the CEA Publications Editors.)

Robert Hacke CEA Scholar-Teacher Award

The Robert Hacke Scholar-Teacher Award provides $550 to help support a CEA junior member involved in a scholarly or pedagogical project related to English studies. Those persons who are adjuncts or who hold the rank of instructor or assistant professor in a post-secondary institution, including community colleges-and who are members of the CEA at the time of application-are eligible to submit project prop osals. The recipient of the $550 award will be announced at the CEA's annual spring conference. Applications must provide the following materials to the Awards Committee:

  • A detailed rationale (maximum of five pages) for the project, including title, purpose and goal, methodology, proposed results, and work schedule;
  • A complete vita;
  • One letter of recommendation.

The $550 award is available to each year's winner at the conference or by May 1. By March 15 of the following year, the recipient will submit a brief report of the progress of his or her project to the Executive Director, who will present it to the Board of Directors at their annual spring meeting. Application of no more than five pages should be sent to the attention of the Awards Committee at cea.english@gmail.com. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

The College English Association invites graduate students who will be presenting papers at the annual conference to submit their work for consideration for the CEA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. THE DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 25. Here's what you need to know:

  • You must be a graduate student, currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Send your COMPLETED CONFERENCE PAPER electronically to the chair of the Graduate Student Development Committee at GSCommitteeCEA@gmail.com by February 25, for consideration. Please do not send drafts, abstracts, etc. You must send your completed, presentation-ready paper. NOTE: You must send the paper you will be presenting. Article-length essays that you plan on editing for presentation later are not acceptable and will be disqualified. Please remember that all presentations at CEA are limited to 15 minutes, which would consist of about 8-10 pages of text (double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman). When you send your paper, please indicate the program in which you are currently a student.
  • You must physically present your paper at the conference. People who do not present at the conference the same paper submitted prior to the conference will be disqualified. Papers will be read in advance of the conference by members of the CEA Board; these readers will then hear and see the papers delivered at the conference. Thus the written version of the paper AND the presentation itself are both factors in the awarding of the prize. Papers must be sent to the chair of the Graduate Student Development Committee at GSCommitteeCEA@gmail.com by February 25. All questions should also be directed to this address as well.

The Karen Lentz Madison CEA Award for Scholarship

The Karen Lentz Madison Award for Scholarship is an annual award for a presentation at our annual conference by an adjunct or contingent faculty member who contributes significantly to the corpus studiorum in English. The prize is funded by an endowment from James R. (Dick) Bennett and serves to recognize College English Association's immeasurable gratitude to adjunct and contingent faculty in literature and composition studies and to honor their unconquerable esprit de corps and professional dedication.

After you are notified of your abstract’s acceptance for conference presentation, you may send your project documentation or conference paper to kmadison@uark.edu by MARCH 15 for consideration for the award. Papers or projects must conform to CEA conference submission deadlines.

The James R. (Dick) Bennett CEA Award for Literature and Peace

This award is given to a paper presented at the CEA annual conference. A prize of $250 dollars may be awarded annually for a paper or project that contributes significantly, through action or understanding, to the prospect of living in harmony with the Earth and humankind. Papers must conform to CEA conference submission deadlines. Submissions may be nominated by the presenter in advance of the conference or by any session chair by providing by Friday evening of the conference a copy of a paper to the CEA Peace Panel organizer. Each submission will be read by a panel of three judges: the panel organizer, the current CEA president, and the CEA Critic editor or one representative selected by each.

The prize-winning entry will be considered for publication in the CEA Critic, and self-nomination presumes submission. If no entry is deemed exceptionally noteworthy, the judges may refrain from naming a recipient. Although papers or projects must be presented at the CEA annual conference, the recipients need not be present at the All-Conference Luncheon to receive the award.