Faculty member Pam Harrell wins 2011 Teacher Scholar Award

Pam HarrellResearch scientists, scholars, engineers and artists were among those honored at the 2011 Annual Research Reception and Awards presentation Nov. 1.

Fifteen faculty were nominated for their curiosity, commitment, research contributions and creative activity. The Office of Research and Economic Development began the tradition of an awards ceremony in 2009 as a way of acknowledging the many ways faculty research makes a profound difference at UNT, in the community, in Texas and in the global community.

COE faculty member Pamela Harrell won the Teacher Scholar Award. This award honors a mid-career faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research or creative productivity while also performing in an extraordinary manner as a teacher. 

Harrell has been a faculty member at UNT for 11 years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education. Her scholarship is tied to studying teacher quality and teacher effectiveness with the aim of improving the overall quality of education for students.

Her research demonstrates that student achievement is critically linked to teachers’ abilities both to comprehend and to effectively communicate subject matter. To this end, she has directed ambitious projects and has implemented pioneering teacher certification programs designed to improve teachers’ proficiency, lesson planning, and instruction techniques, especially in science and mathematics.  She is highly regarded in the field for her numerous and significant contributions to pedagogy and curricular innovation.

Harrell’s advocacy to support the professional development of teachers is matched by the excellence and passion she brings to the classroom as a teacher herself. She is consistently among the highest rated teachers in her department. Many letters of appreciation from students have described how she has assisted them in achieving their learning goals.

Julie West,  Office of Research and Economic Development