Douglas Bruster Named Piper Professor of 2017

On May 1, Douglas Bruster, professor in the Department of English, was named a Piper Professor of 2017 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for his dedication to the teaching profession and for his outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement at UT Austin.

Bruster is a prolific scholar and dissertation supervisor who also teaches large numbers of undergraduate students. Since 2012, he has taught 11 large freshman and sophomore classes in English and undergraduate studies. He consistently receives high praise from his students for his energy, brilliant organization, ability to teach without notes, and media skills. Bruster’s personal concern for his students, their writing, and their future careers is also evident as he has continued to mentor some of his students for many years.

Bruster was surprised in class on May 1 by David Laude, senior vice provost for strategic initiatives, Liz Cullingford, chair of the Department of English, and Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, an associate professor in the Department of English and a 2008 recipient of the Piper Professor award. The group presented Bruster with his certificate, pin, and monetary award.

Every year, the foundation selects ten Piper Professors from across Texas for their superior teaching at the college level.

View past UT Austin recipients of the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award.

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May 1 Award Presentation

From left to right: David Laude, Liz Cullingford, Doug Bruster, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza

Liz Cullingford, chair of the Department of English, presents the award to Professor Bruster.