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Dr. Ann Harris hired to teach

Dr. Ann Harris likes learning about how the earth works, and that passion for learning is just one of the reasons she will be to teaching geography and geology classes for Hazard Community and Technical College on a full-time basis. She has taught as an adjunct instructor since 2011.

As a Manchester native, she believes it is important to live in the region where she has roots. “I didn’t want to move away and teach at another school. I wanted to live in the region I’m from, and help the community.”

Being a first-generation college student, like so many HCTC students, will be another way that Dr. Harris can reach those in her classes. “I want to be able to help those who have a background similar to mine. They will know where I’m coming from,” she said, adding that she stresses to students “it’s all about determination.”

It was that determination that kept her going to school to earn her Ph.D – a process that took eight years.

Students will enjoy her classes because the labs include projects that apply to the real work. “I want to bring real work applications to my science classes,” noted Dr. Harris.

She has taught for Midway University, the University of Cincinnati – Clermont College, Campbellsville University, University of Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky University, and University of Kentucky..

Dr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Eastern Kentucky University where she minored in geography. She holds master’s degree in geography and geosciences. She earned her Ph.D from the University of Kentucky in geological sciences. In 2002, she graduated from Clay County High School.

She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Professional Geologists and The Paleontological Society. Her honors include being named the Manchester Enterprise newspaper Best of the Best for both 2016 and 2017 – Best EKU Professor Award.

In her spare time, she works out five days a week, enjoys 5k runs, gardening, and is working on another master’s degree in geography. “I’m a lifelong learner,” she said.