Belleville professor wins teaching award

Kimberly Piper Baldus
Kimberly Piper Baldus

A Belleville woman received an award for her devotion to students.

Kimberly Piper Baldus, teaches literature and writing at the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“My teaching philosophy is basically to push students to do more than they thought they could and be there for them every step along the way,” Baldus said.

Baldus received the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for a Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member from UMSL.

She is passionate about working with students.

Associate Dean Dan Gerth

Baldus received her undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her doctorate in English from Northwestern University in Evanston.

“Kim is the consummate professional and when I first encountered her in honors faculty meetings I was impressed with her thoughtfulness and her ability to drill quickly down through the rhetoric that accompanies any faculty meeting to help lead the conversations to a productive end,” wrote Associate Dean Dan Gerth. “While it was some time before I would have any extensive interactions with her outside of these meetings, her calm and logical contributions to the agenda items made a very positive impression on me. “

Baldus is also the coordinator for the First Year Experience, a program to support and develop first-generation college students at UMSL.

“She is passionate about working with students and she excels in all roles here at the Honors College — from teaching to advising to coordinating our FYE program to helping develop our writing program. It has been my privilege to work with her here for more than 10 years,” Gerth said.

Baldus is married to St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Piper. They have two sons and reside in Belleville.

Kimberly Piper Baldus’ Book Club

  • Who is your favorite author? John Keats
  • What is your favorite book? “The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman” by Laurence Sterne
  • Are there any books that you re-read? Virginia Woolf, some graphic novels.
  • What would you recommend for non-academics to read for leisure? Gothic horror stories like “Dracula” by Bram Stoker or “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley