2013 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Citation for Elizabeth J. Harbron

Professor Elizabeth J. HarbronSince joining the faculty in 2002, Professor Harbron has taught more than 1,400 students in courses ranging from freshman organic chemistry to senior- and graduate-level organic spectroscopy, consistently earning both excellent student evaluations and becoming the highest-rated faculty member in the Chemistry Department. Her teaching and mentoring of student extends into the laboratory, where she regularly incorporates student coworkers into her research projects. Eleven students have appeared as coauthors on her publications; and, on average, four students graduate from her lab each year. She also averages two or three Honors students per year, and her number of Honors students is the largest in Chemistry over the last few years. Past recognition of her outstanding teaching includes the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, 2011; a University Professorship for Teaching Excellence, 2011; and the Alumni Fellowship Award, 2008. It is fitting that she now be recognized with the Arts and Sciences 2013 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.