WBU English professor named to council, wins paper reward

COLLEGE STATION – A recent conference turned out to be a win-win situation for a longtime English professor at Wayland Baptist University.

Dr. Arch Mayfield, professor of English at Wayland for the past 33 years, recently returned from the Conference of College Teachers of English, hosted by Texas A&M University and Blinn College and held in College Station. The annual conference is composed of teachers across Texas in public and private colleges.

During the conference, Mayfield was elected to serve on the Conference’s executive council, which consists of three executive officers and nine other members. He will serve three years on the council, which plans the annual conference and oversees spending and sessions.

Mayfield also received the Outstanding Paper in American Literature Award and cash prize for his paper presentation titled “Toward a Style That Stays.” Detailing how one’s writing style can be used to reinforce the content or parallel it, the paper uses the work of Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper as examples. It was presented in one of three sessions about American Literature held during the conference. Other sessions were held in British Literature, Creative Writing and other topics.

The conference features keynote sessions featuring special speakers as well as several breakout sessions by topic. The final session includes the awards presentation. Mayfield has been a member of the CCTE for three years.

At Wayland, Mayfield teaches freshman English courses, American Literature and related courses, including Major American Writers.