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Minnie Stevens Piper Award


The Piper Professor Award was established by the San Antonio–based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in 1958 to annually recognize outstanding college professors across Texas. 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.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation will honor 10 professors during the 2015–2016 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.


Timeline 2016-2017

Tuesday, Sept 13

Call for nominations sent to Deans with an attached timeline and Piper Nomination form (shortened).

Friday, Sept 16

Formation of Piper Professor Nominee Selection Committee composed of former teaching award recipients.

Monday, October 21

Deadline for submission of nomination packets
Each Dean’s Office should submit their nominee’s completed portfolio to Dr. Nancy Martin via email ( Completed nomination packets will consist of:
(1) Completed nomination form including other information such as the nominee’s “STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Why are you teaching?”
(2) Current semester’s course syllabi
(3) Nominee’s shortened CV highlighting information not already featured in the application form
(4) The names of five people willing to submit letters of recommendation no later than Monday, November 14, 2016, if the applicant is selected as UTSA’s nominee.
(We encourage all nominees to identify and contact their five references and inform them of the possible need for letters and the timeline. However, there is no need to submit letters at this time. Letters may be from members of the administration, the nominee’s colleagues, and/or from current or former students.)

Monday-Thursday, Oct 31-Nov 3

Selection Committee meets to determine the UTSA nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Award.

Friday, November 4

UTSA nominee is informed of nomination.

Friday, November 4-Monday, November 14

The nominee’s packet is finalized by completing the full application form and adding a maximum of five letters of recommendation.

Thursday, November 18

The packet for UTSA’s nominee is delivered to the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.


Screening rubric for Piper Professor Award used by selection committee

Past UTSA Recipients

Aaron Cassill, Ph.D. | Professor of Biology | 2013
John Miller Morris, Ph.D. | Professor of Geography | 2012
Felix D. Almaraz, Jr., Ph.D, | Professor of History | 2003
Judith Gorman Gardner, M.S. | Lecturer III and Coordinator of Composition | 2001
David Michael Senseman, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Life Sciences | 1997
Richard Lee Utech, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Marketing | 1994
Richard A. Gambitta, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Political Science | 1990
M. Neal Guentzel, Ph.D. | Professor of Life Sciences | 1986
Marian L. Martinello, Ed.D. | Associate Professor, Division of Education | 1982