Recipients of the 2019 Piper, Blunk, Dads’ and Ward Teaching Awards Announced

May 29, 2019

The recipients of the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor AwardWilliam David Blunk Memorial ProfessorshipDads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships and the Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award for 2019 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. The Ward Endowed Excellence Award is granted every three years to a current faculty member for research, teaching, or demonstration of activities that contribute to changes of positive value to society.

“I am proud to honor and congratulate each one of the award recipients on their achievements and well-deserved recognition,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost. “They inspire their students and are tremendous assets to the university.”

Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award

Peter Stone, professor in the Department of Computer Science, was named a Piper Professor for 2019 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. Dr. Stone is one of only 10 professors in the state of Texas who was named a Piper Professor for 2019, and is being recognized for his dedication to the teaching profession and for his outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievements.

William David Blunk Memorial Professorship

Calvin Lin, professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded the 2019-20 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 2019-20 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships:

  • Kate Biberdorf, associate professor of instruction in the Department of Chemistry
  • H.W. Brands, professor in the Department of History
  • Neville Hoad, associate professor in the Department of English
  • Robert Quigley, associate professor of practice in the School of Journalism

Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award

Pamela Paxton, professor in the Department of Sociology was awarded the Ward Endowed Excellence Award. Granted once every three years by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, this award is established to recognize the belief that education involves positive change and that education is the aggregate of all processes by means of which a person, or groups of people, develop abilities, attitudes and other forms of behavior of positive value to the society in which they participate. 

Readers can obtain more information about faculty awards here