Wilerton is new Culp Distinguished Professor

Posted May 17, 2011

Dr. Chris Willerton, professor of English and Honors studies, has joined the ranks of distinguished Culp Professors at ACU. Willerton received the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English award, a professorship given to individuals who wish to engage in scholarly activities that develop into the publication of significant books, articles or presentations of papers.

"Dr. Chris Willerton is utterly deserving of this award, not due merely to his lifetime of great teaching and scholarship, but because of the promising project he outlined in his application—the investigation of morality within detective fiction," says Dr. Cole Bennett, professor and interim chair of ACU's Department of English. "We are happy that he will represent our department and the spirit of the Culp professorship so well."

According to the program for this year’s Culp tribute dinner, "the Culp Professor must be a worthy role model and mentor for faculty colleagues," and the endowment granted with the award must be used to "generate income for research and academic support," allowing the recipient to engage in more "in-depth studies" of his or her specific field.

Dr. Willerton was chosen based on a three-step selection process and was given $6,000 a year for traveling, teaching reassignment or research support. He will continue to receive this funding during his three-year tenure as Distinguished Professor of English, which begins in Fall 2011.

The Culp Distinguished Professor of English Award was founded in 1986 in honor of James W. Culp, one of ACU’s finest English professors. Learn more about ACU’s English Department here.