TCEA established the first Joe D. Thomas Award at its meeting in Huntsville, March 5, 1994. President Fred Tarpley of Jarvis Christian College and East Texas State University proposed to the Executive Committee the establishment of a Joe D. Thomas Scholarship-Teacher Award to be presented annually. The Executive Committee approved the proposal and named William Tanner the first recipient of this Award. Dr. Tanner was presented a plaque in recognition of this honor.  At the same meeting, Dr. Tanner was also appointed editor of the Joe Thomas Papers.

The following year, 1995, CEA presented an award to the paper most in the spirit of Dr. Thomas. In 1999, at the CEA conference in Philadelphia, CEA changed its criteria for the award. The CEA Joe D. Thomas distinguished service Award is currently an award of professional participation and contribution. The award recognizes distinguished service to CEA through contributions to the activities of the organization through offices, committee work, projects, and other work. Recipients must have been members of CEA for at least five years.

You are invited to nominate a colleague for the Joe D. Thomas Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award. Below is a summary of the guidelines:

1. Nominations should reach the president of the Texas College English Association (Dr. Darlene Beaman at ) no later than December 1.

2. Nominations should provide the name and affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee, a curriculum vitae, and specific reasons the nominee should be recognized with the award.

3. You should also include your own name, affiliation, and contact information.

4. The president of the TCEA will transfer the nominations to a selection committee chaired by the TCEA president.
Previous Honorees:
1994     William E. Tanner - Texas Woman's University
1995     Bob Dowell - U. of Texas--Pan American
1996     Lavon Fulwiler - Texas Woman's University
1997     Sallye Sheppeard - Lamar University
1998     Keith Odom - Texas Christian University
1999     James E. Barcus - Baylor University
2000     Jerry W. Bradley - West Texas A&M University
2001     Maurine McElroy - University of Texas
2002     James Goodwin - Sam Houston State University
2003     NO AWARD  
2004     William Martin - Tarleton State University
2005     NO AWARD  
2006     Jerry Craven - West Texas A&M University
2007     Nancy Shankle - Abilene Christian University
2008     Jeffrey DeLotto - Texas Wesleyan University
2009--2017     No Award  due to no submission

Please think about honoring one of your TCEA colleagues who deserves this award. 

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