Harp Recognized for Excellence in Teaching at WSSU

Dr. Jill Harp

Dr. Jill Harp

February 21, 2011
     Dr. Jill J. Harp, associate professor of biochemistry at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has been selected as a recipient of an Award for Excellence in Teaching presented annually by the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors.

    Harp will receive a commemorative bronze medallion along with a $7,500 cash prize during WSSU’s Spring Commencement ceremony on May 14.  The Awards for Teaching Excellence were established in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and reward good teaching across the University system. Annually, a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus is recognized for his or her accomplishments by the Board of Governors.

    Harp has served as a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at WSSU for the past 14 years.  She spent the first seven years in the Department of Chemistry and the last seven in the Department of Life Sciences.  In addition to teaching, she also trains high school and college students in her research lab throughout the academic year and in the summer. Harp is known for using her own classroom action research to improve her teaching and student learning.    She also requires her students to demonstrate their understanding of course content and application of that knowledge through writing papers and making presentations in class and at professional conferences.

    A graduate of York College, City University of New York, Harp earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland.  Her publications and research focus on cocaine abuse drug treatment and she also has received several grant sub-awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

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