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College Teachers Conference Elects LSC-Montgomery English Professor as Councilor

Cliff Hudder, English professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery, was recently elected as one of nine councilors for the Conference of College Teachers of English. He will be influential in leading the conference and planning its annual meetings for the next three years.Cliff Hudder, accomplished Lone Star College-Montgomery English professor, was recently named one of three new councilors elected for the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) at its annual meeting this spring.
CCTE is a statewide organization of English teachers devoted to improving teaching and advancing research in English language and literature in both two- and four-year colleges. As a councilor, Hudder will be influential in planning CCTE’s annual meeting, which features workshops and presentations by prominent scholars and writers in the field. He will be one of nine councilors who serve for three years each.
In addition, Hudder also received CCTE’s Texas College English Association award for his paper, “Barbarously Large and Final: Placing Texas in Billy Lee Brammer’s The Gay Place,” which will appear in the 2010 CCTE Studies journal. The paper is based on Brammer’s novel, which according to Hudder, is unlike most Texas books since “it doesn’t contain a single stock tank, heifer, or mosquito.”
“The paper is based on a book that I feel more Texans—and more lovers of literature in general—should read,” said Hudder. “I had the opportunity to meet the author’s daughter, and she kindly shared some intriguing materials about her father, which ended up being the gem of my paper.”
Hudder, whose background is in fiction writing, said that writing this paper, as well as scholarly essays, has transformed and recharged his style of teaching.
“I’m finding myself writing the same sort of essays I’m asking my students to produce, so I think it’s changed the way I present projects to students,” said Hudder. “I now bring in my own works-in-progress, my sources, and my notes to show them how I do things. It’s not so they can mimic me, but to get them to understand they can create their own methods and approaches and even have some fun with it.”
Hudder has been an English professor at LSC-Montgomery since 2002. He teaches Composition I and II, American and World Literature, Creative Writing, and Writing About Texas Film and Literature, a newly-developed thematic course. Hudder is also the faculty advisor for the campus’ literary journal, SWIRL, as well as the chair of the Writers in Performance committee.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Houston. He is currently working toward a doctorate degree from Texas A&M University.
For more information about Hudder or the English department at LSC-Montgomery, please visit www.LoneStar.edu/english-dept-montgomery.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
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