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Collin College Professor Earns Piper Designation

May 1, 2009 - For the second straight year, a Collin College professor has been named a Piper professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Dr. Peggy Brown, professor of English and Humanities, is the 2009 honoree following Dr. Rosemary Karr, professor of developmental mathematics, who received the distinguished honor in 2008. Dr. Brown is one of 15 professors statewide to be honored. She is also the fifth Piper Professor to have taught at Collin College. The award comes with a $5,000 honorarium and a gold pin.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Brown’s achievement and believe that it is indicative of the quality professors at Collin College,” said Dr. J. Robert Collins, chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees. “She is an inspiration and is deserving of this honor.”

Dr. Brown, of Plano, has taught at Collin College for 22 years. She earned her bachelor and master of arts degrees from The University of Texas at Dallas (UT-Dallas). In 1990, she completed her doctorate in the arts and humanities with a focus in translation from UT-Dallas.

“Dr. Brown’s finest qualities are exhibited in the classroom where she applauds the inquiring mind and takes time to listen and provide individual attention to the student,” said Collin College President Cary Israel. “She truly cherishes the privilege of teaching the leaders of tomorrow.”

Dr. Brown wants to inspire individuals who are thinking about or are undertaking higher education as a non-traditional student—much as she did. Dr. Brown began studying at a community college at age 32 after her fourth child was born. Fifteen years later, she completed her doctorate.

“I encourage others who come late to education that they, too, can reach much higher than they ever imagined. They can dissolve ceilings and survive change,” Dr. Brown said. “You will need to have the courage to act when you see what is right for you.”

Dr. Brown has presented around the nation in addition to a number of activities in the Collin County community. In November 2008, she chaired a day-long Best Practices Workshop for Collin County middle school and high school English teachers. She also planned and conducted a workshop for Plano ISD English teachers featuring Dr. Tine Reimers of Cornell University. At Collin College, she has served on and chaired a number of committees.

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