UT Austin Faculty Member Receives 2021 Piper Professor Award

A UT Austin faculty member, Dr. Shelley Marshall Payne, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Piper Professor Award, an annual award that recognizes outstanding college professors from colleges and universities across the state of Texas.

Dr. Shelley Marshall Payne is a professor in the department of Medical Education and Molecular Biosciences housed in the College of Natural Sciences. Her research interests are in genetics and regulation of virulence factors of gram negative pathogens, including Shigella and Vibrio cholerae.

“We are so proud of Dr. Payne and thrilled to see her recognized for her superior teaching and advancement of our students’ learning during what has been an especially challenging year for all,” said senior vice provost of faculty affairs, Tasha Beretvas. “We are also very grateful to the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for their support for teaching excellence through these awards. And we acknowledge the honor that one of our faculty member’s receiving this award reflects on The University of Texas at Austin.”

The Piper Professor Award was established by the San Antonio–based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in 1958 and honors 10 professors per academic year for their dedication to the teaching profession and for their outstanding academic, scientific and scholarly achievement. Each Piper Professor receives a certificate of merit, a gold pin and a $5,000 honorarium.

Selection is made on the basis of nominations; each two and four-year college and university in the state may submit only one nominee annually.

More information is available on the Texas Comptroller website.


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