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Recipients of the 2018-19 Piper, Blunk and Dads’ Teaching Awards Announced

May 17, 2018

The recipients of the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, William David Blunk Memorial Professorship and the Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships for 2018-19 have been named. Every year the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation selects 10 Piper Professors from across Texas for their superior teaching at the college level. The Blunk and Dads' awards recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching at UT Austin.

“Each recipient is an example of teaching excellence and has made many contributions to the educational experience of our students at UT Austin,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost. “I congratulate them on their well-deserved achievements, and am proud to honor these inspiring educators and scholars."

Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award

Lori Holleran Steiker, director of instruction, engagement, and wellness in the School of Undergraduate Studies and professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Dell Medical School, was named a Piper Professor for 2018 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. As one of only 10 professors in the state of Texas who was named a Piper Professor for 2018, Dr. Holleran Steiker is being recognized for her dedication to the teaching profession and for her outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievements.

William David Blunk Memorial Professorship

Lori Holleran Steiker was also awarded the 2018-19 Blunk Professorship.

The Professorship recognizes a member of the faculty who has demonstrated an outstanding record in undergraduate teaching, and who shows special interest in and on behalf of undergraduate students. This includes undergraduate thesis advising, undergraduate involvement in research, academic advising, and other efforts which make the student educational experience more satisfying and meaningful.

Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships

The Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships are awarded to faculty members who are actively engaged in the instruction of freshmen undergraduates, demonstrate excellence in teaching, and make significant contributions to undergraduate education at UT Austin.

Recipients of the 2018-19 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships:

  • Stephen Boyles, associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
  • M. Randy Cox, senior lecturer and director and head coach of the UT Individual Events Program, Department of Communication Studies
  • Tracy Dahlby, professor in the School of Journalism
  • Kathryn Harden, associate professor in the Department of Psychology

Readers can obtain more information about faculty awards here