Congratulations to our Minnie Piper Professor nominees!

Three San Jacinto College (SJC) professors have been named this year’s Minnie Stevens Piper Professor nominees.

English professor Dr. Ann Pearson of the Central campus, biology professor Susan Lustick of the North campus, and mathematics professor George Stockton of the South campus will join fellow educators from across Texas in May for the announcement of the state award. The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation sponsors the annual awards program each year to honor college educators for outstanding scholarly achievements and exceptional dedication. Being nominated is an equivalent to a campus’ “Teacher of the Year” award.

For Pearson, the nomination is a time to reflect upon her years as an educator and students who have studied under her.

“I feel honored and grateful to have received this prestigious award nomination,” Pearson said. “I base my philosophy of teaching on the simple belief that all people want to improve. I’m teaching because it is the most obvious way I can give back to others what I’ve learned.”

Pearson joined SJC Central in 2006 and serves as a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning faculty fellow. She is also the lead editor and president of Editorial Resources, Inc. and author of numerous publications, including “The Art of Re-View: Revision in the Adult Composition Classroom” for the Arizona English Bulletin, “Charles Reade’s Hard Cash: Lunacy Reform through Sensationalism” for the Dickens Studies Annual, and the “The Madman Under the Gables: Insanity Reconsidered in The House of the Seven Gables” for La Ventana: The Journal of the Southwest Symposium.

She has also presented at such events as the Southwest Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M.; Northwest British Studies Conference in Boise, Idaho; and the Language and Literature Conference in Waco, Texas. Pearson earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University, and her Master of Arts in English and Doctorate in English from the University of New Mexico.

Lustick holds the most time spent at SJC out of the three nominees, having taught at the College for 23 years. As a 2009 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award recipient and a 1992 Phi Theta Kappa Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Lustick thanks her colleagues for years of support in her field.

“I am honored to be recognized by colleagues that I admire for my devotion to a profession that I love,” said Lustick, who provides input for the Science Building Task Force and is the chair of the North Campus Green Team and the College’s Green Team Council. She is also a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning faculty fellow, a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) project participant, serves on the Peer Review Council and Honors Council, and is chair of the Arthur Harper Scholarship Selection Committee.

Lustick received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Louisiana State University and her Master of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University.

As a Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers, Stockton has served as a mathematics professor for 19 years with the College.

“I have a great deal of respect for my colleagues at SJC South,” said Stockton, a 2008 NISOD award recipient who was named a 2007 Level 1 Distinguished faculty member. “To be nominated by such a fabulous group of people is an incredible honor.”

During his time at SJC, Stockton has served as an interim department chair; on committees for screening/selecting applicants for faculty, staff and administrative positions; a faculty organization representative; honors council representative; and developer of a distance learning course.

He has also taught a full range of lower division courses, from basic mathematics to differential equations and linear algebra, and is the creator of various standardized exit and placement exams and a distance learning course. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Rice University.

Susan Lustick

George Stockton

Dr. Ann Pearson