The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation named Collin College Professor of History Kyle Wilkison a Piper Professor for 2014. Wilkison is one of two community college professors in the state of Texas to receive the prestigious title, which comes with a $5,000 honorarium and a gold pin, this year.
“Wilkison’s students rave about his passion for history as well as his mentorship and encouragement,” said Mac Hendricks, chair of the Collin College board of trustees. “The members of our faculty are the heart and soul of Collin College, and this distinguished professor is a perfect example of our core values.”
Wilkison, of Plano, has taught at Collin College for close to 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history with high honors and master’s degree in history from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
The author of award-winning books, Wilkison received the Fehrenbach Award, the Calvert Book Prize, the Bates Award and the Lock Award. Choice Magazine, the journal of the American Library Association, named one of his books an “Outstanding Academic Title,” and Library Journal named one of his books “A Best Reference.”
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