May 6, 2013
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Brasington Named Piper Professor
CANYON, Texas—Dr. Bruce Brasington, Regents professor of history at West Texas A&M University, has been named a 2013 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. He is now part of a distinguished roster of educators recognized for their effectiveness and dedication to teaching. Brasington’s selection as the recipient of the Piper Professor honor was announced today (May 6) at the University’s spring faculty meeting.
The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation has honored faculty members in Texas since 1958, and Brasington is one of 10 awards presented this year for outstanding academic, scientific and scholarly achievement at the college level. Selection is based on nominations submitted by colleges and universities across the state. Recipients receive a certificate of merit, a gold pen and a $5,000 honorarium. Brasington is the seventh WTAMU faculty member honored as a Piper Professor and the first since 2001.
“Dr. Brasington exemplifies the very definition of a Piper Professor,” Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, WTAMU president, said. “He is dedicated to his profession as both a teacher and a researcher. He is highly respected by his students and his colleagues and well deserving of this prestigious honor.”
Brasington joined the WTAMU faculty in 1990. His classes run from introductory American history to graduate seminars in medieval and early-modern history. Brasington also has served as a visiting professor at the University of Dresden, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate seminars in medieval law, theology and paleography/codicology. He is the author of numerous articles and two books and is often invited to speak at conferences around the world. He was named a Regents Professor in 2011 by The Texas A&M University System.
He received his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in German from Oklahoma State University. He earned two master’s degrees—one from Southern Methodist University and another from UCLA, where he also received his Ph.D. with a dissertation on ecclesiastical jurisprudence in the late 11th century. Brasington conducted his dissertation research at the University of Munich from 1985-87 after receiving a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst.