Chemistry professor wins coveted Piper award

Dr Linda Schultz

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Linda Schultz can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a teacher. And she had the best role model a young, inquiring mind could ask for.

“My father was a college biology professor at Midwestern,” Schultz said. “I grew up basically at his knee, going to his lectures, going on field trips with him. I wanted to be a college professor practically from the time I could walk—as soon as I was old enough to know what a job was.”

A professor of chemistry in the College of Science and Technology, Schultz was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Piper Professor Award. The award, established by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in 1958, annually recognizes 10 college professors in Texas for their academic, scientific and scholarly achievement.

She is the sixth Tarleton professor to win the prestigious award. The last was Dr. Chris Guthrie, a history professor, in 2005.

“About once a decade, Tarleton is fortunate to have a faculty member whose academic career has reached the level of distinction required to receive the Piper award,” said Dr. Karen Murray, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “This is a rare honor and we are very proud of Linda.”

Schultz has taught general, analytical, inorganic and environmental chemistry courses at Tarleton since 1978. She served as department head from 1994-2004. She received a Texas A&M University System Award for Teaching Excellence in the spring of 2012.

Schultz earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Southern Methodist University, her Ph.D. in chemistry from North Texas State University, and also holds a master’s in business with an accounting emphasis from Tarleton.

Dr. Schultz has received research grants from the Robert A. Welch Foundation and the National Science Foundation and has authored or coauthored 17 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals—11 dealing with research done at Tarleton.

She’s especially proud of the research conducted by her students. Nine of the articles in scientific journals have been published in the past seven years and coauthored with undergraduate students. She and her students have also presented one to three research papers or posters per year for the past 30 years at venues ranging from local research symposia to national meetings, and a large number of her research students have gone on to earn doctorates.

She said her philosophy of teaching, if anything, is to “do whatever works. As much as possible, I individualize. I love teaching labs. When you’re teaching labs, you can really tell if they’re getting it or not. That’s much more one-on-one than a huge classroom. That’s when you really get to interact with students.”

When not involved in teaching, research, or academic advising, Schultz lives on a farm near Brownwood with her husband of 44 years, Mike, and a large assortment of animals. Their two adult children, Michele and Steven, are both Tarleton chemistry graduates, and Michele is currently completing her Ph.D. in chemistry at Texas Christian University.


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