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The Magnificent Seven

Each of the past three years, the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation of Texas has selected a TCU professor among its list of the 10 best teachers in the Lone Star State. Ralph CarterMolly Weinburgh and Cecilia Silva join a group of four other active Horned Frog faculty who have received the honor. All seven have been recipients of the TCU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. This spring, they shared their insights with the magazine while reflecting on their careers in the classroom. Read the full Q&A in TCU Magazine.

Cecilia Silva


Bilingual education

Years at TCU: 1995-2016

Named Piper Professor: 2016

Research areas: Literacy and bilingual literacy, academic language acquisition for emerging bilingual learners

A career highlight: Society of Professors in Education, Teacher Preparation in Texas Initiative and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education recognized the English Language and Literacy Middle and Secondary Education Program for its focus on culturally responsive teaching practices.

Molly Weinburgh

William L. & Betty F. Adams Chair of Education

Director of Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education

Years at TCU: 2002-present

Named Piper Professor: 2015

Research areas: Equity issues in science education, especially language; teacher growth

A career highlight: Developing a doctoral program in science education