Ivy Tech presents 31st annual instructional excellence award to Kokomo professor

INDIANAPOLIS ā€“ A Kokomo assistant professor and chair of life and physical sciences has been selected by Ivy Tech Community College as this year’s recipient of the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. The award is Ivy Tech’s highest honor for a faculty member.

The selection of Frances B. Hardin was announced today at the close of a two-day event for recipients of the College’s annual President’s Awards to outstanding faculty. From that field of 14 regional winners, one is chosen for the Glenn Sample Award. The honor includes a $1,000 stipend for instructional equipment and a $5,000 personal development grant.

Hardin joined Ivy Tech in 2005 as an adjunct instructor. Just two years later she began teaching as a full-time instructor and quickly rose to Program Chair of Life and Physical Sciences.

Hardin has 35 years of teaching experience as a science instructor. She has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments and is regarded as a master teacher by others in her field. Hardin’s enthusiasm for science and education is among the highest at Ivy Tech. Her innovative approaches to teaching include exploring new teaching technologies, creative scheduling, and enhanced classroom experiences.

Among her innovations to provide opportunities for students is BREAKER (Bringing Eco-Awareness to Kokomo and Environmental Responsibility), a science club with an environmental focus. A current service goal of the group is to increase and improve recycling efforts on campus.

“I have chosen to be in school my entire life, first as a student and then as an instructor, and I have never stopped learning from the material and from my students,” said Hardin. “I learned long ago to center myself in the classroom experience, and throughout decades of instruction, my science courses, my instructional development, and my students’ accomplishments have provided me an environment filled with learning and joy. Finding joy in learning is a process I try to instill in my students. With a focus on learning and discovery, students are certain to enjoy their academic career at Ivy Tech.”

Hardin is also a leader beyond the Kokomo campus as she has served on state curriculum and distance education committees and was the first in the state to offer Anatomy and Physiology courses online.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Latin from Marian College, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Biology and Latin from Ball State University.

The Sample Award is named in honor of Ivy Tech’s fourth president, who also had served on its first board of trustees, co-founded Ivy Tech Foundation, and was the Foundation board’s first chairman. Ivy Tech established the award shortly after Sample’s death in 1980.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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