Gem of the Day 5/8: Texas A&M Professor John Crompton Honored

John Crompton, distinguished professor of recreation, park and tourism sciences at the Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been selected as Piper Professor of 2012 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation is a Texas-based nonprofit founded in 1950 for the purpose of supporting charitable, scientific or educational undertakings, according to organization materials.

In 1958, the foundation began to include the annual award of Piper Professors for superior teaching at the college level. Ten Piper Professors are selected each year on the basis of nominations submitted by colleges or universities throughout Texas. Participation is by invitation only, and candidates must be nominated through the president’s office of their respective educational institution.

“Dr. Crompton is very deserving of this recognition,” said Alan Sams, executive associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in College Station. “He is an excellent teacher and scholar with a worldwide reputation in his discipline. Dr. Crompton has a unique talent of teaching with rigor, but in a way that students find meaningful and enjoyable.”

Recognition of Crompton’s selection as a Piper Professor includes a certificate attesting to his selection, an honorarium and a gold pin commemorating the selection. Award presentation will take place at a time and location designated by the office of Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin.

“Teaching at Texas A&M for 38 years has been a privilege,” Crompton said. “I am profoundly grateful to the students who have been so receptive and generous in their responses to my efforts; to my faculty colleagues who have been so encouraging and supportive; and to both my department heads and COALS administrators who have striven to provide the resources needed to facilitate good teaching.”

In addition to being a distinguished professor of recreation, park and tourism sciences, Crompton is both a Regents Professor and a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M.

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