Rodney Hill, professor of architecture at Texas A&M, added another award to his lengthy list of teaching honors May 2 when he was named a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
Hill, honored for the achievement with a Wright Gallery reception hosted by the College of Architecture June 3, was one of ten academicians receiving the 2011 award, which includes a $5,000 honorarium. The honorees were selected by the Piper Foundation from nominations of superior educators submitted by Texas college and university presidents.
The Piper Foundation, in addition to recognizing faculty members, helps financially limited, but worthy young men and women attend colleges and universities by contributing funds for their education.
A feature article, “Under the Spell of Rodney Hill,” published in a recent issue of the Texas A&M Foundation’s Spirit magazine, highlights the architecture professor’s outstanding teaching and mentoring skills that have earned him the respect and admiration of generations of Texas A&M students.
An award-winning architect, an expert in environmental psychology and a futurist, Hill, who joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1969, is also holder of the Harold L. Adams '61 Endowed Interdisciplinary Professorship in Architecture.
Since joining the Texas A&M faculty in 1969, Hill’s honors include the Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award from Texas A&M University, the Texas Society of Architects Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec, Texas A&M’s Eppright Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence and the David Tanner Champion of Creativity Award from the American Creativity Association.