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HCTC’s Dr. Ann Harris committed to learning and research

Besides her commitment to teaching at Hazard Community and Technical College, Dr. Ann Harris has a commitment to learning. With one doctorate degree already to her credit, she is working on a third master’s degree now at Northern Kentucky University with plans to complete in fall 2021.

Earlier this year, she completed a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology: Teaching Specialization at the University of Cincinnati. Her other degrees include a bachelor’s degree in Geology (EKU, 2007), a master’s degree in Geoscience (EKU, 2009), and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences (UK, 2018). Last summer, she passed her Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Drone licensure exam.

Dr. Harris teaches Geology and Geography at HCTC. In addition to that role, she is distinguishing herself as a researcher. She is published in the Journal of Paleontology (Cambridge University Press on March 9) about her discovery of a new species of brittle star. As stated in the publication, “Schoenaster carterensis new species, is an asteroid-like ophiuroid (Echinodermata) from Upper Mississippian (Chesterian) shallow-water carbonates in the Ramey Creek Member of the Slade Formation in northeastern Kentucky.” 

HCTC President Dr.Jennifer Lindon said faculty professional development was very important to her and she applauds the work of Dr. Harris. “I’m delighted to see the research she has completed and we are all proud that her discovery is published.”

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