UAlbany Twice Honors SOE Doctoral Student Hirah Mir

Albany, NY (April 14, 2017) - It is clear that Hirah Mir, doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Methodology, is an active member of her student body and an invaluable member of her division of study. This spring she is being honored for her roles in student leadership and teaching.

Mir was selected to receive a University at Albany President’s Award for Leadership. The University Governance Leadership Award recognizes students who have provided important leadership to the campus by taking an active role relative to policy matters of student government and the University. Since beginning her doctoral studies five years ago, she planned several research presentations, professional development seminars, and social events within her own division but over the last year became involved in larger graduate student initiatives and national graduate student concerns. Mir has used her multiple leadership roles—as Vice President of the UAlbany Graduate Student Association, a member of the Future Faculty Leadership Council (FFLC) at the Institute for Teaching Learning and Academic Leadership (ITLAL), and Employment Concerns Advocate for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) – to facilitate collaborations that address the organizational, mental health, and employment needs of graduate students at UAlbany and across the nation. She has also trained fellow students to sustain the work so it will continue after she has completed her doctoral program. In Mir’s own words, “Since I began my PhD program in 2012, I have been dedicated to enriching the academic, professional, and personal lives of graduate students at UAlbany.”

Mir is also being recognized with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by Teaching Assistants for her consistently outstanding instruction at the undergraduate level. She has taught two courses for her division – EPSY 200: Introduction to the Psychological Process of Schooling, and EPSY 420: Child and Adolescent Development – and from her first course three years ago her supervisor observed her distinction in the classroom. She notes, “There is no question that Hirah spends considerable time in understanding students' needs and concerns, and responding to them in a thorough and helpful way.” Mir’s students will tell you the appreciation they have for her teaching style, her attention, approachability and care, the challenge she presents them, and her encouragement to explore the field of research and consider graduate study.

Join us to acknowledge Hirah’s accomplishments and celebrate with her at the University at Albany President’s Excellence Awards Celebration on April 26 at 1pm in the Campus Center Ballroom.