‘Include everyone’

“My [teaching] philosophy used to be much lengthier. I can now state it in two words: ‘Include everyone.’ This is a difficult task when you appreciate the diversity of students in our classrooms, but the challenge keeps me continually exploring how students learn best.” —Kelly Hogan, UNC Senior STEM Lecturer

To help students learn and to close the achievement gap for minority and first-generation students, Kelly Hogan has completely revamped her introductory biology class and has helped her colleagues reimagine their courses. In 2015, Hogan and her husband, Brian, a research assistant professor in the chemistry department, took their work further and inaugurated the Hogan Book Award for First Generation College Students in STEM. The award, created in partnership with Pearson Education, provides introductory science textbooks—among the most expensive—to a selected group of first-generation college students.

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This is story number 171 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.

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