Devoted Mentor in Psychology Research

Professor Amy Hayes Receives Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Publication Date: 10/30/2019

Dr. Amy Hayes, assistant professor of psychology, received the 2019 Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System Board of Regents. The award recognizes exceptional educators who best exemplify excellence, innovation and commitment to student success.

“Dr. Hayes is an outstanding example of a highly engaged, student-centered faculty member,’’ said Dr. Charles Barké, chair of the UT Tyler Department of Psychology and Counseling.

“In her Developmental Psychology and Research Methods courses, she includes her own research along with that of others in the field,’’ Barké said. “When students learn directly from an active researcher, this is the most impactful source for engaging students’ interest and curiosity, to the point that several undergraduate psychology majors ask to work with her in her research lab.’’

In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Hayes mentors undergraduates in research through her Child and Adolescent Development I Lab and the Department of Psychology Research Program.

Hayes is the proudest when she sees her students presenting their research at conferences across the nation. “Teaching students how to think critically and to engage in science is my passion,’’ she said.

Read more about Hayes and her exceptional work as an educator.

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