The Last Lecture
November 17th, 2015 at 7:30pm in Cascia Hall for the Last Lecture.
The Last Lecture series has been a tradition at Merrimack since 1999. In 2013 the Honors Program resurrected the tradition. See below for information regarding this year’s Last Lecture at Merrimack.
Department of Psychology
On November 17th at 7:30 p.m, Professor Christina Hardway will be standing in front of an audience of students, faculty, and staff to deliver the speech she would want to give if this was her “last lecture” ever. The recipient of the 31st annual Edward G. Roddy Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Professor Hardway feels that the classroom should be an environment free of barriers that impose themselves on student success, although she may pose as one herself as the authority who distributes grades. As a developmental psychologist, she is able to make sense of the circumstances that cause us to grow and change. “My work as a researcher has led me to believe that learning is most enduring when students actively engage new material and find ways to make it relevant to their own lives,” says Hardway. She believes it is vital to work closely with students in order to understand their points of view and to provide guidance that allows them to achieve their full potential. Professor Hardaway reflects back on her life and experiences with gratitude, as she appreciates the events and experiences that have helped her grow and succeed, and she wants the same for her students. While Professor Hardway believes that a good teacher provides the structure and guidelines necessary for a student to learn, it is the student’s responsibility to fill in those gaps—for that is when students learn and acquire knowledge.