David Piper was honored with the 2012 University Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Service.
Every year since 1969, the IUP University Senate has invited students, faculty, and staff to nominate faculty members for this recognition. The Senate Awards Committee determines the honorees on the basis of significant contributions to the university.
Award recipients will be recognized at Commencement on May 12, 2012.
Piper, professor and department chair of Employment and Labor Relations, leads the Universitywide Graduate Curriculum Committee. He also heads the board of directors of the Student Cooperative Association, a nonprofit organization that provides physical and financial support for more than 100 campus organizations. The association is currently planning construction of a new recreational complex adjacent to the Hadley Union Building.
Piper founded an annual benefit dinner to recognize alumni of Employment and Labor Relations that has raised more than $12,000 in scholarship funds for incoming students.
His community service includes nine years as deputy coroner for Indiana County and, in 2005, coordination with the American Red Cross of a fund drive that raised more than $13,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina. He also serves as an arbitrator-mediator for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.
Congratulations, Dr. Piper, and thank you for your dedication to the ELR program and the IUP community!