Congratulations to the 2022 CEA Award Winners


Fred Standley CEA Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Brahlek, retired, Palm Beach State College


Joe D. Thomas CEA Distinguished Service Award

Lynne M. Simpson, Presbyterian College


CEA Professional Achievement Award

Patricia Pytleski, Kutztown University


Robert Hacke CEA Scholar-Teacher Award

Adedoyin Ogunfeyimi, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, “Writerly Pleasure in/across Disciplinary Homes: Towards a Transformative Liberal Arts Education”


CEA Outstanding Graduate Student Essay Award

Emily Jane Pucker, University of Alabama, “Corpus Linguistics Pedagogy for Native Speakers”


Robert A. Miller CEA Memorial Prize for Best Article in The CEA Critic

Candice Yacono, Chapman University, Video Game Design as a Multimodal Heuristic: Turning the Tide of Composition Studies”


The Bege Bowers Prize for Best Essay in The CEA Forum

Matthew Leporati, The College of Mount Saint Vincent, “William Blake’s Emoji: Composite Art and Composition”


James R. Bennett CEA Award for Literature and Peace

Joseph Ward, Pasco-Hernando State College, “‘Truth, Justice, and the American Way’: Equality and Representation in Hollywood’s Superhero Films”


Karen Lentz Madison CEA Award for Scholarship

Alexandra Oxner, Vanderbilt University, “Decolonizing Detection in Maryse Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove



Previous Award Winners

Fred Standley CEA Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Robert Hoskins, James Madison University
2017 Joseph Pestino, Nazareth College
2016 Monica Weis, Nazareth College
2015 Fred Standley (deceased), Florida State University

Joe D. Thomas CEA Distinguished Service Award

2018 Not Awarded
2017 Steve Brahlek, Palm Beach State College
2016 Marina Favila, James Madison University
2015 Ed Demerly, Henry Ford Community College
2014 Karen Lentz Madison, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
2013 Charles Ernst, Hilbert College
2012 Joe Pestino, Nazareth College
2011 Miles Kimball, Texas Tech University
2010 Ann Hawkins, Texas Tech University
2009 Walter Levy, Pace University and Dean Baldwin, Penn State Behrend
2008 Joan Frederick, James Madison University
2007 Sandra Stephan, Youngstown State University
2006 Robert Hoskins, James Madison University
2005 Fred Standley, Florida State University
2004 Wendell Aycock, Texas Tech University
2003 Bonnie Braendlin, Florida State University
2001 Jill B. Gidmark, University of Minnesota
1999 John Shawcross, Emeritus, University of Kentucky
1998 Keith Odom, Texas Christian University
1996 Bege Bowers, Youngstown State University
1995 Margaret Berry, Emeritus, John Carroll University and Phyllis Scherle, Indiana University
1994 Edith Blicksilver, Georgia Institute of Technology and Barbara A. Brothers, Youngstown State University
1993 Angela Dorenkamp, Assumption College
1992 Jo C. Searles, Pennsylvania State University at Altoona and Elizabeth Turpin, Ferris State University
1991 John J. Joyce, Nazareth College of Rochester and Alex McFadden, Valdosta State College
1990 Frances Hernandez, University of Texas at El Paso
1989 Howard O. Brogan, University of Massachusetts
1988 Michael Payne, Bucknell University
1987 Marion Folsom, Jr., Posthumously, Nazareth of Rochester
1986 Joe D. Thomas, Emeritus , Rice University
1985 Donald Morse, Oakland University
1984 Glenn Carey, Eastern Kentucky University
1983 John Hicks, University of Massachusetts
* 1982 Earle Labor, Centenary College of Louisiana
(*1982 was the first year that this award was offered on a regular basis.)

CEA Lifetime Membership Award (retired in 2013)

2012 Jerry Siegel, York College of Pennsylvania
2011 Daniel Robinson and Janine Utell, Widener University
2010 Charles Ernst, Hilbert College and Joseph Pestino, Nazareth College
2009 Scott Borders, Anderson University
2008 Robert D. Madison, U.S. Naval Academy
2007 Norman Stafford, Arkansas State University
2006 James R. (Dick) Bennett, University of Arkansas
2005 Bege Bowers, Youngstown State University
2004 Robert Hoskins, James Madison University
2003 Not Awarded
2002 Not Awarded
2001 Larry Rubin, Georgia Institute of Technology and Earl J. Wilcox, Winthrop University
2000 Not Awarded
1999 William A. Sullivan, Winthrop University and Earl J. Wilcox, Winthrop University
College-CUNY and Earle Labor, Centenary College
1989 John Hicks, University of Massachusetts
1987 J.F. Kobler, North Texas State University
1986 Helen S. Thomas, University of Houston
1985 Elizabeth Huberman, Kean College of New Jersey
1984 Samuel Bogarad, University of Vermont
1983 Howard O. Brogan, University of Massachusetts and William J. Griffin, George Peabody College
1982 Joe D. Thomas, Rice University, Edward Huberman, Rutgers University and Max Goldberg, University of Massachusetts
1945 Burges Johnson, Retired, First Executive Director and Editor of The CEA Critic
(*1982 was the first year that this award was offered on a regular basis)

CEA Professional Achievement Award

2018 Maryann DiEdwardo, Lehigh University
2017 Geraldine Kraver, University of Northern Colorado
2016 Miles Kimball, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute
2015 Richard Pressman, St. Mary’s University
2014 Craig A. Warren, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
2013 Barbara Wiedemann, Auburn University Montgomery
2012 Jean Cash, James Madison University
2011 Ann Hawkins, Texas Tech University
2010 Deb Dooley, Nazareth College
2009 Wendell Aycock, Texas Tech University
2008 Monica Weis, Nazareth College of Rochester
2007 Dean Baldwin, Penn State Behrend
2001 Barbara Brothers, Youngstown State University
1999 Barbara Brothers, Youngstown State University
1995 Fred Standley, Florida State University and Elizabeth Turpin, Ferris State University
1994 John Shawcross, University of Kentucky and William A. Tanner, Texas Woman’s University
1993 James R. Bennett, University of Arkansas and Michael Payne, Bucknell University
1990 Allen Walker Reed, Columbia University
1989 Maxwell Henry Goldberg, Commonwealth Professor Emeritus of Humanities, University of Massachusetts
1987 Howard O. Brogan, University of Massachusetts
1986 George Mills Harper, Florida State University

 Robert A. Miller CEA Memorial Prize for the Year’s Best Article in The CEA Critic

2018 Not awarded
2017 Not awarded
2016 Jean Filetti, Christopher Newport University, “Education on the Lower East Side in the Fiction of Myra Kelly:  The Failure of the Public Schools in the Education of Jewish Immigrants” — Vol.77, No.1, March 2015
2015 Joshua Grasso, East Central University, “‘To Draw the Naked’: Paintings of Female Characters in Pope’s An Epistle to a Lady and Montagu’s The Turkish Embassy Letters” – Vol. 76, No. 1, March 2014

2013 Darlene Anita Scott, Virginia State University: “People Not Like Us: Re-Imagining Jonestown”
2012 Stephanie Eckworth, “Gender and Anonymity in the Romantic Book Market,” Baylor University
2011 Ann Marie Adams, Morehead State University, “A Quirk-y Mash-Up of ‘Two Kinds of Romance’; Or, The Unlikely Reanimation of the ‘Gothick Story’ in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”
2010 Gary Ettari, University of North Carolina-Asheville, “‘Harts close bleeding book’: Spenser and the Dilemma of Reading.”
2009 Barbara Mather Cobb, Murray State University, “‘Excribe’-ing, Esteem, and Estimation: Jonson as Window to the ‘Soule of the Age.'” The CEA Critic 71.1 (Fall 2008)
2008 Ann K. Hoff, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “‘How Love May Be Acquired’: Prescriptive Autobiography in Millay’s Fatal Interview.” The CEA Critic 68.3 (Spring and Summer 2006)
2007 Debra Barrett-Graves, California State University, East Bay, “Edmund Spenser’s Use of the Poison-Tipped Tongue in The Faerie Queene.” The CEA Critic 68.1-2 (Fall 2005-Winter 2006)
2006 Andrew Libby, Indiana University, “Revisiting the Sublime: Terrible Women and Aesthetics of Misogyny in H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines and She.” The CEA Critic 67.1 (Fall 2004)
2005 Susan Farrell, College of Charleston, “Tim O’Brien and Gender: A Defense of The Things They Carried.” The CEA Critic 66:1 (Fall 2003)
2004 T.W. Hendricks, Towson University, “Archibald MacLeish in Bermuda : Geography and Grammar in ‘You, Andrew Marvell,'” The CEA Critic 65:2 (Winter 2003)
2003 Jim Owen, Columbus State University, ” Lawrence Sterne and the Caged Starling of A Sentimental Journey,” The CEA Critic 64:2-3 (Winter and Spring/Summer 2002)
2002 Marshall Gregory, Butler University, “Escaping the Prison of Singularity: The Behavioral Axis of the Narrative Transaction,” The CEA Critic 63:2 (Winter/Spring 2001)
2001 Sanford E. Marovitz, Emeritus, Kent State University, “Mystical Visions of Mardi and Moby Dick: The Wondrous New Paintings of A.C. Christodoulou,” The CEA Critic 63:1 (Fall 2000)
2000 Arlene Wilner, Rider University
1999 Philip J. Egan, Western Michigan University
1998 —
1997 Marshall W. Gregory, Butler Univesity, “Humanism’s Heat, Postmodernism’s Cold,” The CEA Critic 57:2 (Winter 1995)
1996 Jill B. Gidmark, University of Minnesota and Anthony Hunt, University of Puerto Rico, “Catherine Weldon: Derek Walcott’s Visionary Telling of History,” The CEA Critic 59:1 (Fall 1996)
1995 Willliam J. Mistichelli, Penn State-Ogontz, “The Trumpet Major’s Signal: Kinship and Sexual Rivalry in the Novels of Thomas Hardy,” The CEA Critic 56:3 (Spring-Summer 1994)
1994 Phoebe A. Smith, Stetson University, “Sense and Sensibility and ‘The Lady’s Law’: the Failure of Benevolent Paternalism,” The CEA Critic 55:3 (Spring-Summer 1993); Honorable Mention to Patricia Miller, Valdosta State College, “When Men Are Men and Women Are Men Too: On Gender, Art, and Reading T. Gertler’s Elbowing the Seducer” The CEA Critic 56:1 (Fall 1993)
1993 Elizabeth Cooley, Gonzaga University, “Discovering the ‘Enchanted Region’: A Revisionary Reading of Night and Day, “” The CEA Critic 54:3 (Spring-Summer 1992)

Honorable Mention to–
• Irene Papoulis, Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, “Woolf’ s Truths as Sleight of Hand,” The CEA Critic 54:3 (Spring-Summer 1992)
• Martin A. Danahay, Emory University, “Teaching Autobiography as Cultural Critique,” The CEA Critic 54:2 (Winter 1992)
1992 Jeanne Campbell Reesman, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Dark Knowledge in The Handmaid’s Tale,” The CEA Critic 53:3 (Spring 1991)
1991 Jay Jacoby, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, “Authority in English 102: Whose Text Is It Anyway?,” The CEA Critic 52:1-2 (Fall 1989-Winter 1990)
1990 Brian C. Rosenberg, Allegheny College, “Character and the Demands of Structure: The Example of Dickens,” The CEA Critic 51:2-3 (Winter Spring 1989)
1989 Reginald Martin, Memphis State University, “New Ideas for Old: New Black Aesthetic,” The CEA Critic (Winter 1987-Summer 1988)
1988 Gale Schricker, Fordham University, “The Antionomic Quest of Waiting for Godot,” The CEA Critic (Winter 1986-Summer 1987)
1987 Joan Dargan, St. Lawrence University, “Poetic and Political Consciousness in Denise Levertov and Carolyn Forche,” The CEA Critic (Spring 1986)
1986 Russell M. Goldfarb, Western Michigan University, “The Survival of Clara Middleton as Mrs. Vernon Whitford,” The CEA Critic (Fall 1985)
1985 Peter Firchow, University of Minnesota, “Auden and the Ideology of Modern Poetry,” The CEA Critic (Spring-Summer 1984)
1984 Don F. Nielson, Arizona State University, “Cohesion in Folk Language: Roman Jakobson’s Model Tested to the Limits,” The CEA Critic (January 1983)
1983 Donald Steward, Kansas State University, “Some Facts Worth Knowing About the Origins of Freshman Composition,” The CEA Critic (May 1982)
1982 Not Awarded
1981 Charles Altieri, University of Washington, “The Uses of Frye’s Literary Criticism,” The CEA Critic (January 1980)
1980 Not Awarded
1979 Not Awarded
1976 Paula Johnson, Yale University, “Ben Johnson’s Amorous Alternative,” The CEA Critic

Robert Hacke CEA Scholar-Teacher Award

2015 Danielle Nielsen, Murray State University
2014 Jessica Mackenzie Nickel, “Reading Roberts’ Short Stories,” Misericordia University
2013 – Darlene Anita Scott, “People Not Like Us: Re-Imagining Jonestown and the Peoples Temple,” Virginia State University
2012 Stephanie Eckworth, “Gender and Anonymity in the Romantic Book Market,” Baylor University
2011 Jamie McDaniel, Pittsburg State University, “An Example of Navigating Networks for Program Development at Smaller Colleges and Universities: Professional Communication, New Media, and Civic Engagement”
2010 Mary-Catherine Harrison, University of Detroit-Mercy, “The Ethics of Empathy: An Empirical and Qualitative Survey of Narrative Empathy and Belief Change”
2009 Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, “Student Performance and Retention in Basic and First-Year Writing Courses” and Claire Counihan, Nazareth College, “The Distractions of Desire: Genre Experimentation and Southern African Women’s Literature”
2008 Not awarded
2007 Doreen Piano, University of New Orleans
2006 Peter Kratzke, University of Colorado at Boulder
2005 Janine Utell, Widener University
2004 Not Awarded
2003 Ed Wiltse, Nazareth College of Rochester
2002 Helen Thompson, University of Louisiana-Lafayettte
2001 Helene Krauthamer
2000 Joe Viera, Nazareth College of Rochester
1996 Eric Sterling, Auburn University of Montgomery
1995 Barbara A. Burkhardt, University of Illinois
1994 Robert Donahoo, Sam Houston State University
1992 Scott Slovic, Southwest Texas State University

Outstanding Paper Presented by a Graduate Student at CEA’s Annual Conference

2018 Danielle Clapham “Hurray for Foreigners!” Reading Heminway’s Spain in the Context of Tourism Studies” 
2017 Ashley Heiberger, Northern Illinois University, “Positionality and Participation: Engaging Female Saudi Students in the Second Language Classroom”
2016 Mariah Crilley, West Virginia University, “Material Disability: Creating New Paths for Disability Studies”
2015 Evan Chaloupka, Case Western Reserve University, “Images of Cognitive Disability and Restricted Reader Imagination in The Kallikak Family”
2013 Crystal Spears: “Removing the Masks of Lady Liberty: The Grotesque in the Literatures of the ‘Defeated Americas’”
2012 Alyssa Walker,University of Michigan, “Canine Abduction and Border Breaches in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s Trixy,”
2011 Rene Trevino, University of Arkansas, “Talking Footnotes: A Note on Editorial Voices in Tristram Shandy” and Dustin Hannum, University of Rochester, “Frederick Douglass, Transatlanticism, and the Supplemental Logic of American Identity”
2010 Lindsey O’Connor, University of Central Oklahoma, “A Method by Every Other Name: Ezra Pound’s Recovery of a Buried Voice”
2009 Heidi Bollinger, University of Rochester, “Inherited and Imagined Traumas in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated”
2008 Lisa Dunick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
2007 Mary-Catherine Harrison, University of Michigan
2006 Christopher Leise, State University of New York at Buffalo
2005 Kyoko Matsunaga, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
2003 Stephanie Dupal-deMartin, James Madison University
2002 Laura Barrio-Vilar, University of Kentucky
2001 Aaron Urbanczyk, Florida State University
2000 Rose Metts, University of South Carolina
1996 Tamara Michele Powell, Bowling Green State University
1995 Newtona Tina Johnson, Spielman College
1994 Sheri Hodges, University of Mississippi

The Karen Lentz Madison CEA Award for Scholarship

2018 Maria C. Quintero Aguilo, “The Sands of Un-Certainty: Tidalectically Synthesizing Nature and Culture in Derek Walcott’s Omeros. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras & Mayagüe
2017 Joseph W. Robertshaw, Bowling Green State University, “Adjunct Island and the New Navigational Charts”
2016 Maryann DiEdwardo, Lehigh University
2015 Karsten H. Piep, Union Institute & University
2014 Garrett Jeter, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
2013 Anne Wiegard: “‘Neither a Servant Nor a Family Member’: Recognizing the Unsustainable Nature of Statification in our Profession”
2012 Jacob Lewis, “Visible Nobility and Aristocratic Power in Sir Orfeo,” University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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

2018 Karen Schiler, “Inviting Children to Imagine Peace: How A Wrinkle in Time Imagines Love as Angelic Bridge Across Worlds” 
2017 Paul Pearson, Bellarmine University, “Strange Islands: Contemplation in a World of Violence”
2016 Courtney Mauck, Northern Michigan University
2015 Bernard Alan Miller, Eastern Michigan University
2014 Adam Wessell, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2013 Jeffrey Gross, Christian Brothers University
2011 Twila Yates Papay, Rollins College
2010 Christopher L. Morrow, Western Illinois University
2009 Jacob Stratman, John Brown University
2008 Larry Van Meter, Oklahoma Christian University; Honorable Mention: George Potter (1st Runner-up), University of Cincinnati
2007 Larry Van Meter, York College; Honorable Mention: Susan J. Tyburski and Toni Lefton, Colorado School of Mines

Joe D. Thomas Memorial Prize (Merged with CEA Distinguished Service Award)

1996 William Epperson, Oral Roberts University
1995 Julia Whitsitt, Lander University
1994 Dorothy H. Roberts, DeKalb Community College

Note : Discontinued in 2005, when it was combined in name with the CEA Distinguished Service Award.