Assistant Professor Sharp Receives Teaching Award
Dr. Erin Hiley Sharp, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, received the 2015 CHHS Excellence in Teaching Award at the college awards luncheon on Thursday, April 30. To be eligible for the Excellence in Teaching Award, faculty members must have at least a 75% time appointment and teach three or more courses per year.
In presenting the award, Dean Michael Ferrara cited one of several nomination letters, "Dr. Sharp’s teaching philosophy is the key to her success. She encourages self-discovery and enthusiasm about the subject matter in her students. Her calm and often humorous teaching style keeps students engaged throughout the class time and stimulates class discussion. She employs a variety of teaching methods, including examples, readings, and activities that students can personally connect with, to facilitate learning about adolescent development. When Dr. Sharp asks questions, she always follows up on each student’s response by building connections to the class material. She clearly values a learning environment that stimulates critical thinking from her students and also demonstrates respect for their opinions. Dr. Sharp selects course assignments that help her students learn a process of critically analyzing theory, research, and application in order to make thoughtful and informed decisions about healthy youth development. Above all, Dr. Sharp strives to be fair, approachable, and interested in the success of students."
Dr. Sharp, who is a Carsey School Faculty Fellow, received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006. She teaches courses in adolescent development and emerging adulthood, human sexuality, theoretical approaches to family studies, and research methods. Her research interests include adolescent development and emerging adulthood, with a focus on activity involvement as a context for the development of identity and future perspective; parental, family, and broader contextual influences on adolescent development; prevention research and theory from a positive youth development perspective.