The Opal Goolsby Award

The Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award is a traditional recognition of our very best teaching on the HBU campus. Some of the best judges of great teaching are our students. Our Student Government Association conducts nominations each Spring for faculty representatives from each of our colleges and schools. A selection committee with representatives from Student Government Association, the faculty Professional Development Committee and the Provost’s Office examine the record of accomplishment for each nominee and carefully select the faculty member who best represents the ideals of outstanding teaching. We’re proud to shine the spotlight on these wonderful examples of wisdom and inspiration on the HBU campus.

Professor Opal Goolsby

Opal Goolsby was a legendary faculty member at Houston Baptist College. She was a member of the original faculty in 1963 and taught English and French. With her husband, Bill, Opal had experienced a global life in a day when the presence of a woman in some sections of the globe had to be justified. She told of wonderful Middle East events where her presence at an oil contract signing with her husband in the desert, under a tent, on a Persian carpet was permitted because she had been named the guest of honor by the Sheik. She learned French at the Sorbonne when she became separated from her husband for more than a year in the political strife in Europe in the late thirties. She was a quick study and taught French the rest of her life. She was a generous, selfless teacher, who loved life and demanded the best of her students while endlessly offering them her encouragement and assistance.

2013 Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award Winner:

Dr. David DavisDavid J. Davis, PhD
Director of the Master of Liberal Arts
Assistant Professor in History
School of Humanities


Dr. Davis completed his third year of teaching at HBU in May 2013. He earned his PhD in History from the University of Exeter, where he completed research on the English Reformation and the early printing trade. Dr. Davis has been teaching undergraduate courses in Western Civilization and European history as well as graduate courses in the MLA during his time at HBU.

2012 Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award Winner:

J. Daryl Hinze
J. Daryl Hinze, JD
Assistant Professor in Business
School of Business

Professor J. Daryl Hinze completed his third year of teaching at HBU in May 2012.  He demonstrates an original teaching style combined with examples of real-life experiences in his Business Law, Business Ethics, Legal Environment of Business and Tax Procedure courses.  He was recently recognized as the HBU Outstanding Advisor of the Year and Piper Nominee from the School of Business.  Professor Hinze earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Philosophical Theology from Criswell College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.



2011 Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award Winner:

Nicole Pinaire
Nicole Pinaire, PhD
Assistant Professor in Biology
College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Pinaire has just completed her second year in the College of Science and Math. She has earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Cancer Biology from The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. Her teaching focus is on general biology including botany, animal systems and anatomy and physiology. Dr. Pinaire has been teaching general biology and anatomy/physiology courses during her time here at HBU. She is a dynamic instructor and very successful with engaging students in complex material and rigorous study.


2010 Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award Winner:

Saul Trevino
Saul Trevino, PhD
Assistant Professor in Chemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Trevino completed his second year of teaching at HBU in May 2010. Prior to coming to HBU, he spent a year teaching at Blinn College. Dr. Trevino earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with an emphasis in protein chemistry from the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. He is very active with the chemistry students here at HBU as sponsor of the Lion’s Club and the Dead Chemists Society.



Past Opal Goolsby Recipients

2009 Dr. Ron Homann Dr. Melissa Wiseman
2008 Dr. Miguel Estrada Dr. Valerie Bussell
2007 Dr. David Adcock Alexis Knapp
2006 Dr. Chris Salinas Dr. Martha Maddox
2005 Dr. David Capes Deb Berry
2004 Dr. Robert Towery Dr. Ruth Ann Williamson
2003 Dr. Christopher Hammons Dr. Melissa Wiseman
2002 Dr. Randy Wilson Dr. Brenda Whaley
2001 Dr. Joe Blair Dr. Constantina Michalos
2000 Dr. Randy Hatchett Dr. Susan Cook
1999 Dr. James Taylor Dr. Jacqueline Horn
1998 Dr. Avin Brownlee Dr. Ann Owen
1997 Dr. Ernie Pyle Dr. Linda Roff (Brupbacher)
1996 Dr. David Capes Dr. Treacy Woods
1995 Dr. James Ulmer Dr. Rhonda Furr
1994 Dr. Curtis Freeman Dr. Beth Boyce
1993 Rex Fleming Alice Rowlands
1992 Dr. Louis Markos Patricia Dominguez
1991 Dr. Daton Dodson Dr. Sally Phillips
1990 Dr. John Alexander Ruth Stritmatter
1989 Dr. James Taylor Dr. Brooke Tucker
1988 Dr. Avin Brownlee Dr. Phyllis Nimmons
1987 Bob Marley Dr. Marion Webb
1986 Dr. Paul Leath Dr. Brooke Tucker
1985 Dr. Robert Creech Dr. Patricia Pando
1984 Dr. Stephen Wentland Dr. Elysee Peavy
1983 Dr. James Tsao Dr. Marilyn Colvin
1982 Dr. Avin Brownlee Dr. Marion Webb
1981 Dr. Paul Leath, Dr. A.O. Collins Ruth Stritmatter
1980 Dr. Rick Denham Dr. Brooke Tucker, Dr. Joyce Fan
1979 Dr. James Tsao, Dr. Stephen Wentland Susan Wilson
1978 Dr. Avin Brownlee Dr. Gerda Smith, Dr. Elysee Peavy
1977 Dr. James Taylor Monteen Maczali, Dr. Cynthia Rogers
1976 Dr. Newell Boyd Mrs. Cheryl Simmons, Opal Goolsby
1975 Dr. Rick Denham Dr. Elysee Peavy, Grace Johnson
1974 Dr. Steve Donohue Marion Webb, Dr. Marilyn Sibley
1973 Dr. Daton Dodson Dr. Phyllis Nimmons, Dr. Cynthia Rogers
1972 Dr. A.O. Collins, Dr. Don Byrnes, Dr. Steve Donohue
1971 Marianne Miller, Dr. Elysee Peavy, Dr. Marilyn Sibley