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Dr. Kristin Harvey Recognized for Work Teaching Freshmen


11 May 2017—Established in 1983 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, the Dads’ Association, now called Texas Parents, works to support the needs of The University of Texas at Austin students and professors. This year’s four recipients of their annual fellowship are Astronomy assistant professor Steven Finkelstein, Statistics and Data Sciences lecturer Kristin Harvey, Government professor Patrick McDonald and Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Ramesh Yerraballi.

Lydia Cornell, Administrative Program Coordinator at the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, said she works with David Laude, Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, to create a selection committee that chooses the recipients.  “The (award recipients) need to be ongoing faculty that are actively engaged with teaching freshman undergraduates,” Cornell said.

Kristin Harvey, one of the two faculty members awarded in the College of Natural Sciences, has worked at The University of Texas at Austin since 2013, first as a graduate student and now as a lecturer. Harvey primarily teaches freshmen in her only course, Data Analysis for the Health Sciences. “Seeing freshmen acclimate to UT and seeing them blossom is so rewarding,” Harvey said. “I know freshman year is really stressful so it’s great to be part of a group that gets to make students feel welcome on campus.”

Harvey said she is also working on a new course, Elementary Statistics, which will be taught for the first time in the fall. “I want my courses to be ones that students enjoy taking and that they can get a lot of value out of,” Harvey said.

Anthropology freshman David Thai said Harvey works to accommodate every student: “Outside and inside of the classroom, she is very accessible and responsive to ensure the best quality education for anyone who seeks help,” Thai said. 



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