Housatonic Community College Biology Professor Receives State-Wide, Board of Regents Teaching Award

Housatonic Community College Biology Professor Receives State-Wide, Board of Regents Teaching Award


Media Contact: Evelyn Gard, 203-314-4250
Associate Dean of Communications

(Bridgeport, CT) April 20, 2018 – Housatonic Community College is pleased to announce that, Robin Avant, Assistant Professor of Biology & Molecular Biology, is the recipient of a System-Wide Teaching Award for the Connecticut Community Colleges.

Professor Avant created new courses in forensic science, and participated in professional development with prominent forensic scientist, Henry Lee. A strong advocate of active learning, creative instruction, the use of technology and reflection and empowerment to increase student engagement, Avant believes that, “allowing students to develop connections between the various components promotes retention, completion and overall success.”

Professor Avant received the award for “her dedication, and passion” in advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) through research presentations, career fairs and employer engagement panels.

“I commend Robin on her accomplishments, and congratulate her on this well-deserved and distinguished honor,” said HCC President, Dr. Paul Broadie II. “Robins hard work and advocacy has assured that the college’s STEAM initiative provides students with a strong foundations in the four disciplines, thereby strengthening their academic and professional readiness to enter the work force continue on to a higher degree.”

The Board of Regents for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities conferred their 2017-18 Faculty Awards at the Fourth Annual Conference for Student Success and Shared Governance, April 13. The event, which was held at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) presented 22 awards to members of the faculty from the twelve Connecticut community colleges and the four state universities.

Information about STEAM and other programs and initiatives at Housatonic Community College can be found at

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