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TWU’s Ron French named 2007 Piper Professor

5/01/07


DENTON — In recognition of his devotion to teaching and his impact on his students and community, Dr. Ron French, Cornaro Professor of Kinesiology, has been named a 2007 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

The award, which includes a $5,000 stipend, was created in 1958 to honor outstanding teaching in Texas colleges and universities. The foundation makes only 15 awards each year. Selection is made on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in Texas.

Awards were announced Tuesday, May 1.

“You have to be nominated by the president of your university, and you are competing against other faculty within our state,” Dr. French said. “This makes the award very special.”

Dr. French is the eighth TWU faculty member to be named a Piper Professor since the award was established.

TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said, “Through his teaching and scholarship, Ron French has positively influenced the lives of disabled children throughout the world. He is the embodiment of the Minnie Stevens Piper Award.”

Dr. French is one of the most influential leaders in the field of adapted physical education, both in the United States and internationally. He has served on the national task force to develop and revise standards and guidelines for the profession, and has received more than $2.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education for professional preparation of special education teachers and consultants for students with disabilities.

He earned his doctorate in adapted physical education from UCLA in 1971 and has taught at Texas Woman’s University since 1984. He has published more than 12 books and book chapters in the field, and his books are routinely used as texts for undergraduate and graduate courses in the United States and in Korea. He also has published more than 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals at the national and international levels.

“Every day that I go to work, either at the university or out in the field, I am excited,” Dr. French said. “If I were not being paid to teach, I would teach voluntarily.

“In my mind, teaching must not only be intellectually stimulating to the students; it must be intellectually stimulating to the teacher as well. Part of my intellectual stimulation comes from the awareness that I have made a difference in the lives and preparation of teachers who do or will teach students with disabilities.”

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