Associate Professor of Psychology Shannon M. Harding, PhD, P’14 Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Associate Professor of Psychology Shannon M. Harding, PhD, P’14 Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Shannon M. Harding, PhD, P’14 accepts the Distinguished Faculty Award onstage at the 2019 Fairfield Awards Dinner.

Dr. Harding was recognized for more than 15 years of exemplary service in education at the 2019 Fairfield Awards Dinner in New York City

I’m really happy to work at a Jesuit, Catholic institution that promotes building men and women for others across the board.

— Shannon M. Harding, PhD, P’14, associate professor of psychology

Continuing its 30-year tradition of recognizing professional achievement, outstanding leadership, and volunteer commitment to Fairfield University, this year’s Fairfield Awards Dinner honored College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor of Psychology Shannon M. Harding, PhD, P’14 with the 2019 Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award.

Each year, the Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award is bestowed upon a member of the University’s faculty or administration for exemplary service in the education of Fairfield University students. The 2019 ceremony was held on March 28, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Dr. Harding earned a BA in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, an MS in physiology and neurobiology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in biomedical sciences (neuroscience) from Mount Sinai School of Medicine at New York University. She joined the psychology faculty of Fairfield University in 2003, and is currently an associate professor with teaching and research interests in behavioral neuroscience and neuroendocrinology.

“I’m really happy to work at a Jesuit, Catholic institution that promotes building men and women for others across the board,” Dr. Harding said. “Fairfield University is a supportive environment that consistently promotes growth and community engagement.”

In 2010, Dr. Harding was recognized as the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Teacher of the Year, in part for her service learning course that includes a community partnership with a school in Bridgeport. For eight years, she served as a co-director and faculty mentor for BASE Camp, a scientific research and mentoring focused summer camp for underrepresented high school girls. Throughout her tenure, she has trained more than 70 undergraduate students in behavioral neuroscience techniques, and many of these students have gone on to earn advanced degrees in the field.

Dr. Harding has conducted research on a variety of issues, including the effects of microgravity on the development of vestibular reflexes as part of a collaborative project with NASA. She currently has an active research laboratory investigating the role of hormones in autism spectrum disorder.

Recently, Dr. Harding has shown leadership in curricular revision, serving on the Core Curriculum Task Force as part of the Fairfield University 2020 Strategic Plan, and as the director of the Core since 2017. She has been particularly instrumental in the approval and implementation of the new Magis Core Curriculum.

“From the beginning, the revision of the core curriculum was a collective process that involved faculty, administrators, alumni, and students. The tireless efforts of these key people resulted in a program which has a strong foundation in Jesuit traditions,” Dr. Harding continued. “I’m optimistic and excited to see how the changes to the core impact the incoming class of students, especially as our faculty develops new courses to meet the goals of the new core.”

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