Faculty Distinctions

Sam Houston State University faculty are leaders in their fields. Whether in teaching, service, or research, they are dedicated to high quality academic excellence, a collaborative learning environment, innovative development in programming and curriculum, and at the core of what they do, student success. These Faculty Distinctions represent the high levels of achievement and recognition our faculty have achieved and demonstrate the high quality of scholarship underway at Sam Houston State University.


  • Distinguished Professor

    Appointment to a Distinguished Professorship is a special honor conferred upon active faculty in recognition of an extended period of service that shall be marked by unusual and exemplary contributions to the University community. These contributions may take the form of teaching, research, service, or a combination of these components. (Academic Policy Statement 860425, Designation of Distinguished Professors) 


    NameTitle
    Dr. George Beto Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
    Dr. Jim Bexley Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Finance
    Dr. Harry Bohan Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Alessandro Bonanno Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology
    Dr. Scott Chapman Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
    Dr. Mary Conroy Distinguished Professor of Psychology
    Dr. Jerry Cook Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
    Dr. Caroline Crimm Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History
    Dr. Rolando Del Carmen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology 
    Dr. Charles Friel Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
    Dr. S. Helena Halmari Distinguished Professor of English
    Dr. Larry Hoover Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    Dr. Teresa Lesesne Distinguished Professor of Library Science
    Dr. Balasundram Manium Distinguished Professor of Finance
    Dr. Jimmy Merchant Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Rowland Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Dr. James Olson Distinguished Professor of History
    Dr. Paul Ruffin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Carol Smith Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music
    Dr. Victor Sower Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management
    Dr. Richard Watts Distinguished Professor of Counselor Education
  • TSUS Regents' Professor

    Each year, the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System honors professors whose performance and contributions to the educational community have been exemplary. Recipients of the Regents' Professor award maintain this title for the duration of their service within the System. Winners are formally recognized at the November Board of Regents meeting, where they receive a $10,000 award, a commemorative medallion, and a Board of Regents resolution. (Texas State University System)


    NameTitle
    Dr. Jim Bexley Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Finance
    Dr. Alessandro Bonanno Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology
    Dr. Scott Chapman Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
    Dr. Jerry Cook Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
    Dr. Rolando Del Carmen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology 
    Dr. Beverly Irby Professor of Education
    Dr. Balasundram Manium Distinguished Professor of Finance
    Dr. James Olson Distinguished Professor of History
    Dr. Paul Ruffin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Richard Watts Distinguished Professor of Counselor Education
  • TSUS Regents' Teaching Award

    The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System annually recognizes exceptional teachers from TSUS member institutions with the Regents' Teacher Award. Regents' Teachers are selected based on their outstanding performance as educators, contributions to the development of courses, and use of innovative teaching methods, among other criteria. In addition to a commemorative medallion and board resolution, winners receive a $5,000 cash award and maintain the title of Regents' Teacher for the duration of their service within TSUS. (Texas State University System)


    NameTitle
    Dr. William Jasper Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Piper Professor

    Ten awards of $5,000 each are made annually by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation to professors for superior teaching at the college level. Selection is made on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in the State of Texas. Begun in 1958, with eight awards, the roster of Piper Professors includes outstanding professors from two and four-year colleges and universities, public and private. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts )


    NameTitle
    Dr. Caroline Crimm Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History
    Dr. Rolando Del Carmen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology 
    Dr. Frank Fair Professor of Philosophy
    Dr. Grace H. Floyd Professor  of Education
    Dr. George Killinger Professor of Sociology
    Dr. Witold Lukaszewski Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    Dr. Balasundram Manium Distinguished Professor of Finance
    Dr. Joyce McCauley Professor of Education
    Dr. Rowland Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Dr. James Olson Distinguished Professor of History
    Dr. Mary Park Professor of Elementary Education
    Dr. Ralph Pease Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Victor Sower Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management
    Dr. Fisher Tull Professor of Music
  • Emeritus

    The President of the University is authorized to bestow the title Professor Emeritus or Associate Professor Emeritus upon a retired member of the faculty or in anticipation of the retirement of a faculty member, effective upon retirement, in recognition of long and outstanding service to the University…based upon high quality service and contributions to the University that clearly demonstrate the individual's worthiness for this honor. (Academic Policy Statement 800925, Faculty Retirement and Emeritus Status)


    NameTitle
    Dr. Roger Abshire Professor Emeritus of Marketing
    Mr. Harry Ahysen Professor Emeritus of Art
    Dr. Joel Bass Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Walter Bennett Professor Emeritus of Sociology
    Dr. George Beto Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
    Dr. Jim Bexley Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Finance
    Dr. Robert Biles Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    Dr. Harry Bohan Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Alessandro Bonanno Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology
    Dr. Genevieve Brown Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. A. Jerry Bruce Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Dr. Rodney Cannon Professor Emeritus of Music
    Dr. William Carroll Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    Dr. Brian Chapman Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
    Dr. Max Coleman Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education
    Ms. Barbara Corbin Professor Emeritus of Music
    Dr. Richard Cording Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
    Dr. Lee Courtney Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Caroline Crimm Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History
    Ms. Kathryn Daniel Professor Emeritus of Music
    Dr. John de Castro Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Dr. Rolando Del Carmen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology 
    Dr. Mary Lynn DeShazo Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
    Dr. Jerry Dowling Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    Dr. Jo Ann Duffy Professor Emeritus of Management
    Dr. Eddie Dye Professor Emeritus of Vocational Education
    Dr. Donald Freeman Professor Emeritus of Economics
    Dr. Charles Friel Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
    Dr. William Green Professor Emeritus of Economics
    Dr. Mary Gutermuth Professor Emeritus of French
    Dr. Hugh Hall Professor Emeritus of Physics
    Dr. Cecil Hallum Professor Emeritus of Statistics
    Dr. Marsha Harman Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Dr. Sara Hart Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
    Dr. David Henderson Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Larry Hoover Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    Dr. William Hyman Professor Emeritus of Health
    Ms. Virginia Irvin Professor Emeritus of Music
    Dr. Mark Klespis Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education
    Dr. Frieda Koeninger Professor Emeritus of Spanish
    Dr. James Long Professor Emeritus of Biology
    Dr. Ross Lovell Professor Emeritus of Management
    Dr. Witold Lukaszewski Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    Dr. James Mathis Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. John McCoy Professor Emeritus of Computing Science
    Dr. Jimmy Merchant Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Rowland Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Dr. Mary Nichter Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education
    Mr. Dana Nicolay Professor Emeritus of Dance
    Dr. Phillip Parotti Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Richard Payne Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    Dr. Ralph Pease Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Paul Reed Professor Emeritus of Management
    Dr. Mary Robbins Professor Emeritus of Reading
    Dr. Paul Ruffin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Rafael Saumell-Munoz Professor Emeritus of World Languages and Cultures
    Dr. John Schwetman Professor Emeritus of English
    Dr. Carol Smith Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music
    Dr. Victor Sower Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management
    Dr. Jack Staggs Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Anne Stiles Professor Emeritus of Nursing
    Dr. Newton Strandberg Professor Emeritus of Music
    Dr. Victor Strecher Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
    Dr. Sam Sullivan Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Philip Swicegood Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Laverne Warner Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. Christopher White Associate Professor Emeritus of Mass Communication
    Dr. C. Allen Williams Professor Emeritus of Geography
    Dr. Patricia Williams Professor Emeritus of Education
    Dr. D. Christopher Wilson Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Dr. Everett Wilson Professor Emeritus of Biology