Wichita Falls professor tapped for Piper nominee

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Jeffery Tillman, professor of religion and graduate director at the Wayland Baptist University campus in Wichita Falls, has been chosen as the university’s nominee for the Piper Professor Award recognizing dedication in teaching and outstanding academic, scientific and scholarly achievement.

The nomination puts Tillman in the running with candidates from other two- and four-year colleges and universities for award consideration by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The foundation chooses 15 professors from the field of nominees, each of whom receives a certificate, a $5,000 honorarium and a pin.

Tillman was nominated by Wichita Falls campus dean Dr. Elane Seebo and selected by Wayland’s Professional Affairs Committee. He has been employed with Wayland since 1996 as professor and now directs the graduate program for Wichita Falls as well.

Dr. Bobby Hall, vice president for academic and graduate services at Wayland, praised the committee’s choice of Tillman.

“Dr. Tillman is an excellent selection as Wayland’s nominee for the Piper Award. He has a long record of excellence in the classroom, and has also devoted many hours to assisting our students outside the classroom,” Hall said. “Dr. Tillman’s dedication to Wayland’s mission and commitment to his campus and students are reflective of the vital role played by full-time faculty across the Wayland system. We congratulate him for this prestigious recognition by his peers of his accomplishments both in his profession and at Wayland Baptist University.”  

Tillman holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a doctorate and a master’s degree from Baylor University.