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State Honors Collin College Professor As Piper Professor

May 7, 2008 - Collin College Professor Dr. Rosemary Karr has been named a 2008 Piper Professor, an honor presented annually by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation to professors for superior teaching at a Texas college or university.

The award became official on May 1 and comes with a $5,000 honorarium and a gold pin. Dr. Karr, who teaches developmental mathematics at Collin College, is one of 15 professors statewide to be honored. She is also the fifth Piper Professor to have taught at Collin College. Dr. Karr has been on faculty at the college for 17 years.

"We could not be more proud of Professor Karr," said Dr. J. Robert Collins, chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees. "This is a very prestigious award, and she truly deserves commendation."

The Piper honor follows Dr. Karr's induction last year as the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

"Dr. Karr has earned many statewide and national accolades, but she is most proud of the accomplishments of her students," said Collin College President Cary Israel. "It is that kind of humility combined with intellect that makes her a great professor. We are delighted to have outstanding professors of this caliber teaching our students."

Dr. Karr graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree, and earned a Master of Arts degree at the same university in Mathematics Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education (Computer Education) from the University of North Texas. She currently serves as president of the National Association of Developmental Educators and has received countless honors for teaching, civic engagement, scholarship and student organization leadership. Prior to joining Collin College, she taught at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Karr has a total of 26 years teaching experience at colleges and universities.

According to Dr. Karr, "Carl Rogers once stated 'The degree to which I can create relationships which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself.' I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference."

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.