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Professor Wins Excellence Award from McGraw-Hill

Christine Harrington, professor of History and Social Sciences and the director of the College’s Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching (CELT), received the 2016 Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars by the publishing company McGraw-Hill.

She accepted the award at the annual conference of the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Orlando, FL in February. She received a plaque, $1,000, plus travel and conference expenses.

Dr. Harrington is the coordinator of the Student Success course at MCC, which introduces new students to college life and helps them become successful. The class covers time management, using college resources, motivation, studying, and many other facets of going to college. It focuses on getting to know the college, as well as personal and academic success factors.

“Christine is an excellent professor – she is very deserving of this recognition,” said David Edwards, dean of Arts and Sciences, who nominated Dr. Harrington for the award. “She has become a real leader in the pedagogy of helping students transition. She’s done wonderful work in adapting our Student Success program to mirror new advancements in the field. She’s outstanding. She never stops thinking about how to better serve our students.”

Dr. Harrington is the author of “Student Success in College: Doing What Works!” and she uses some of the royalties from the book to fund a scholarship for students. Each year, she invites those taking Student Success 101 classes to create posters summarizing research findings from a peer-reviewed journal article. Three are chosen each December and are honored at a ceremony.

Dr. Harrington said she was thrilled to be selected as the recipient of the McGraw-Hill Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars Award.

“The first-year seminar is such an important course that is offered at almost every institution,” she said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with students at the beginning of their college journey. Watching students gain knowledge, skills and confidence is incredibly rewarding. When you teach this course, you are a part of a national effort to help students make successful transitions. Being a part of the FYE community is really something special.”