Anna Marie Stengel was born in Austin, Texas and was a faculty member at The University of Texas from 1958 to 1984. She enrolled as a business education major in the College of Business Administration (CBA) at UT Austin in 1943 and received a BBA degree in 1950.
Anna held teaching positions at various Texas high schools from 1950-58. In 1952, she enrolled in the Graduate School of Business MBA program. Due to her teaching commitments, she could not complete her MBA until 1959. Anna was offered and accepted the position of special instructor in business services at UT in 1958.
Anna’s actions clearly demonstrated her love for working with students. She assisted both Pi Omega Pi Fraternity and Delta Pi Epsilon Fraternity for many years, worked with both the University Scholastic League and the Texas Business Education Association, and was involved in numerous workshops for business education teachers and secretaries throughout Texas.
Professor Stengel was promoted to instructor in 1965 and to the rare rank of assistant professor with tenure in 1972. During this time, Anna started teaching business communications courses, extending her teaching excellence.
In October 1974, Professor Stengel won the District 13 Business Education Teacher of the Year Award of the Texas Business Education Association. She was also the Department of General Business nominee for the Jack Taylor Teaching Award (for undergraduates) in the CBA four times.
Perhaps the best testimony to Anna’s time at UT are comments written by her colleagues, students, and administrators. These confirm Anna’s outstanding dedication to helping her students and to making course material interesting. She was noted for her ability to inspire confidence in her students, eliciting their best efforts.
Lawrence Buford, Director of Secondary Education for Austin Independent School District, acknowledged Anna’s superior ability and care in developing student teachers, claiming that “there has never been a better supervisor of student teachers than Anna.” William J. Lord, Jr., Chairman of the General Business Department, noted Anna’s consistently high student evaluations and the high student demand for her courses and for her effective teaching.
Professor Stengel also served on numerous committees, including the Financial Aid Committee, Committee on Teaching Effectiveness, University Council on Teacher Education, CBA Commencement Committee, and Senate 8 Committee. She also served as Coordinator for Business Education/Office Administration Division.
Professor Stengel passed away on June 15, 2002.