Accolades for Faculty

Piper Professors

Fifteen awards are made annually to professors across Texas for superior teaching at the college level. Awards are made to nominees submitted by each college or university in the State of Texas. Application are by invitation only and based on the recommendation of the nominating University. The College of Liberal Arts has honored 11 professors with this award.

Presidential Awards

The Texas State Faculty Awards Program makes selections annually for Presidential Awards recognizing Excellence in Service, Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, and Excellence in Teaching. Awards honor superior service and models of excellence and inspire faculty to develop and improve scholarly/creative activities, teaching skills, and service. 

Dean’s Golden Apples and Excellence Awards

Each year the Dean of Liberal Arts distributes awards to recognize and encourage Liberal Arts faculty for their achievements in scholarly / creative activities, teaching, and service. Golden Apples are awarded to faculty who are nominated for Presidential Awards and receive the highest votes at Liberal Arts Council during the nominating process.

The Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Awards for Teaching Excellence

Each year three faculty selected by Texas State as potential nominees for the Piper Award (see above) receive the Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

The title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus is awarded to extraordinary faculty members who are retiring or retired to recognize their exemplary service to Texas State.  Normally no more than three individuals will be named as Distinguished Professor Emeritus in any year. Past recipients can be viewed here.

Alumni Teaching Award

Through this award, the Texas State Alumni Association recognizes, encourages, and rewards superior Texas State classroom teachers. Texas State professors, lecturers, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors are eligible.

Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities

This three-year professorship, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers the opportunity for its holder to engage in projects that promote the humanities at Texas State and surrounding communities. Dr. Yasmine C. Beale-Rosano-Rivaya, professor of World Languages & Literatures, holds this position until 2024. Click Here for more information on the current Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dr. Yasmine C. Beale-Rosano-Rivaya, World Languages & Literatures.

Jones Professorship in Southwestern Studies

As part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Houston Endowment funded the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies. The Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies teaches the Southwestern Studies courses with the Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest, works on publications, helps organize and present symposia, and assists with other regional projects. Click Here for information on the current Jones Professor of Southwest Studies, Dr. Jason Reed.

Mariel Muir Mentoring Award

The awards will be given to persons who provide exceptional support of and show exceptional commitment to assisting less experienced individuals in becoming more proficient in professional activities. The awardees will be recognized as role models in providing advice, guidance, and information which fosters the growth and development of co-workers and/or students. Two awards will be presented each year, one to a faculty member and one to a staff member.

Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair in Geographic Education

This endowed chair, the only one in Geographic Education in the nation, is currently held by Dr. Richard G. Boehm.

Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professorship in Southwestern Studies

This endowed chair is held by Dr. Frank de la Teja, Director of the Southwest Regional Humanities Center and the Center for the Study of the Southwest.

Hobby Chair in Public Service

This endowed chair is held by Dr. Howard Balanoff, Director of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.