Ralph Carter named 2014 Piper Professor

Ralph Carter teaches political science at TCU.

Dr. Ralph Carter teaches political science at TCU.

Dr. Ralph Carter is a 2014 recipient of the Piper Professor Award. The Piper Professor Program was established by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in 1958 to recognize outstanding achievement in the teaching profession in colleges and universities in Texas.

Since 1982, Carter has taught in the political science department and has consistently been recognized for his exemplary teaching and service.

“Dr. Carter personifies the very essence of a talented teacher-scholar,” said Joanne Green, chair of the political science department. “He is innovative in the classroom and continues to grow and develop as a gifted teacher, mentor and scholar, even after 35 years in the field. Ralph is a role model for us all.”

While Carter remains an active scholar—contributing regularly to academic journals and publishing his own works, including the newly published Essentials of U.S. Foreign Policy Making—he is recognized for his dedication to teaching and interacting with students.

“The best part of my day is the time spent in class or meeting with students. I truly enjoy it,” Carter said. “They deserve our best efforts.”

Carter teaches a number of courses on foreign policy and international politics at all levels, from “Introduction to Political Science” to specialized courses for the Masters of Liberal Arts program. In 2006, he was awarded the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association, and in 2012 he was named as one of The Best 300 Professors in the United States by The Princeton Review.

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