Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching
Teaching Medal Award Winner
An associate professor in the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Andrew Harris provides instruction that is useful, accessible and understandable. He uses a variety of teaching materials to encourage critical thinking on contentious issues and invite his students to give their opinions.
Recently, Harris re-designed one class and developed two new classes in volcanology.
A student observed, "The ability to be a friend to the students and yet retain their uttermost respect is what defines the best teachers, and is what set Dr. Harris apparent from others."
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.
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