Described by a student as “a wonderful, hard-working, determined lady who has really made William Woods a better academic place in which to learn,” Dr. Caroline Boyer Ferhat recently was rewarded for her efforts.
Boyer Ferhat, an assistant professor of psychology at William Woods University, is the recipient of the school’s Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching.
“This professor has helped the department to blossom and reach into the community,” commented one of her students. “She truly goes above
and beyond for her students.”
According to another, “While she is a wife and mother, she manages to find the time to assist her students when we need her, as well as be a part of the university that she shows she loves by working with us and participating in campus activities,”
The award was presented at the university’s recent academic honors convocation. It carries an honorarium and is given annually to a faculty
member who has displayed dedication to teaching. Recipients of the award are nominated and chosen by students.
“Teaching at William Woods University these past three years has been an amazing experience,” Boyer Ferhat said. “I have truly enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful university and have appreciated the opportunity to develop relationships with my students. I am honored to have received such an award, especially because it is for doing something that I love.”
Boyer Ferhat taught psychology at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va., from 2007 to 2011, when she joined the WWU faculty. She is a member of several psychological associations, including American Psychological Association, Eastern Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science.
She earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in psychology at Ursinus College in 2007 and a Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology with an emphasis in cognitive and early childhood development from George Mason University in May 2011. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Elyse B. and Donald R. Lehman Graduate Student Research award.