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2023 L. R. Hesler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service

The L. R. Hesler Award is named for a longtime head of the botany department who also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Hesler’s students, colleagues, and friends established this memorial award to recognize exceptional teaching and service.

Erin Hardin

Erin HardinErin Hardin is professor, associate department head, and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology. An award-winning teacher, she has served in several campus-wide and national leadership roles related to undergraduate education and student success. In addition to research on the scholarship of teaching and learning, Hardin’s research program works to understand cultural influences on to reduce systemic barriers to career development.

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