Texas A&M professor Rick Giardino has been named a Piper Professor of 2019 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, which awards 10 Piper Professorships annually to Texas professors for superior teaching at the college level.
Texas A&M Associate Dean of Faculties Heather Wilkinson and Dean of the College of Geosciences Debbie Thomas recently presented the honor to Giardino, a professor in Texas A&M’s department of geology and geophysics.
Giardino has previously served as department head and dean of graduate studies and currently serves as chair of the Water Management and Hydrological Science Program. In addition to teaching geology and geomorphology since 1972, Giardino has conducted research around the world. He also is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the British Royal Geographical Society.
Giardino has been involved with teacher education for many years and developed G-Camp, a 20-day field camp for fifth- through 12th-grade science teachers.
Award recipients receive a $5,000 stipend and a lifetime designation as a Piper Professor.