Mayfield lauded by fellow English teachers

Release Date: March 17, 2009    

AUSTIN – Dr. Arch Mayfield, longtime professor of English at Wayland Baptist University, was honored by his peers statewide recently with the presentation of the Frances Hernandez Teacher-Scholar Award, given March 7 by the Conference of College Teachers of English during their annual meeting on the campus of the University of Texas.

Mayfield has been an active member of CCTE for about five years and has been a member of the WBU faculty since 1973. He holds two degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and the doctorate from Texas Tech.

 The award was named for Hernandez, a longtime English professor at University of Texas at El Paso and an active member of CCTE. Her husband, John, established the award with a donation in her honor upon her death. The award is accompanied by a cash prize and a plaque for “exemplary service to students and his profession.”

“It was very humbling and very gratifying, especially coming from this organization,” Mayfield said. “They have been very welcoming to me.”

A special twist of the awards luncheon for Mayfield was getting to meet former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, also a former pro basketball player and Rhodes Scholar. Bradley attended as a friend of the keynote speaker Dr. Betty Flowers, director of the Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.