The University of Washington Honors Program has named Biology Associate Teaching Professor Jon Herron the winner of the 2022 Honors Excellence in Teaching Award.
From the UW Honors Program:
Dr. Herron is no stranger to the Excellence in Teaching Award - this is his fourth time earning this recognition! Dr. Herron is a Senior Lecturer in the Biology Department, writer, and educational software designer. He earned his PhD from the University of Washington. His textbook, Evolutionary Analysis, is now in its 5th edition. He collaborates with SimBio Software on their EvoBeaker suite of virtual laboratory exercises and has served on the faculty at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
Dr. Herron has been teaching for the Honors Program—and learning from his students—since 1996. His courses, which cover evolution, genetics, and human behavior, help students learn to think like scientists. Here in UW Honors, Dr. Herron teaches HONORS 221: Evolution and Human Behavior and HONORS 221 DNA and Evolution in addition to teaching courses in the UW Biology Department.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Herron when you see him next, and take time to recognize him by enjoying some of the kind words from students who nominated him below. Thanks to all of the students who nominated our wonderful faculty for this honor.
The UW Honors Program staff
I can say that Dr. Herron is easily my favorite professor at UW. Dr. Herron encourages his students to learn biology and teaches in a way that incorporates students that are biochemistry majors and business majors without making either feel as though they didn’t belong. When I was looking forward to being an honors student, I had very high expectations. This class surpassed all of them.
Dr. Herron always entertained our questions and notions, and took us very seriously while displaying a great passion for his subject. This was by far one of my favorite courses of all of my time here at UW!
Dr. Herron was very enthusiastic in the lectures and very good at teaching us and relating to the content in real life. He's the best professor I've had at UW and influenced my love for research and my decision to major in Medical Anthropology and Economics. He was very encouraging of anything I wanted to challenge in the class and pushed me, a social science student, to think like an evolutionary scientist.
Professor Herron is an amazing person first and foremost and a wonderful, understanding professor. I came to him with extra questions and he was genuinely interested in what I had to say. Professor Herron is a caring person and teacher who exemplifies what it means to be a Husky. I am so glad I had him as a professor!