CSU Professor Earns Lifetime Service Award

James Brewbaker, CSU professor of English education, has been honored with a lifetime service award from the Georgia Council of Teachers of English.

The council presented its Louise Newland Capen Award for Lifetime Service to Brewbaker on Feb. 17, making Brewbaker just the fifth recipient of the award. Brewbaker, twice president of the council, said he was pleasantly surprised to receive the award.

JamesI started working with English teachers soon after coming to Georgia in the 1970s, he said. Our organization was struggling at the time. Since then many people have contributed to its growth and present strength. I played a part along with many others.

The GCTE award cites Brewbaker, left, for his many years of dedication to the field as a teacher and professor of English education.

The award further cites his prolific scholarly publications, literary reviews, poetry, and prose; his service as poetry editor of English Journal; his service to GCTE as president for two terms; his leadership in GCTE workshops and presentations; and his dedication in serving GCTE as a leader and supporter.

Brewbaker said he relishes his role in conference planning for GCTE, citing a 1995 conference that attracted more than 1,100 teachers to Callaway Gardens. The key to a good professional meeting is top-notch speakers, he said. When you make it possible for people to hear speakers like John Berendt and Nikki Giovanni, you get their attention. (Berendt is author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, set in Savannah, and Giovanni is a well-known African-American poet.)

A frequent presenter at state and national meetings of English teachers, Brewbaker said he enjoys involving CSU students in his presentations. This February, five of my students served as co-presenters at the GCTE meeting. This gives them a taste of what its like to contribute professionally. The students, are Meghan Allen, Russell Hardy, Doneis La-Mar, Edgar Marcano, and Sandy Shorey, each of whom is a secondary English education major in CSUs College of Education. Brewbaker has previously collaborated with graduate students in presentations at national or regional meetings in San Francisco, Milwaukee, Washington, Asheville, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.

Brewbaker, a senior member of CSUs teaching faculty, said he has seen many changes in his years at CSU, where he has been employed since 1971. Regarding retirement, he said, Retire? What for? Im having too much fun to stop now.