The award is given by the General Board of Higher Education (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church, with the recipient being selected by their colleagues. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, civility, and concern for students, institution, and the community.
“I am so honored to be the recipient of the GBHEM Exemplary Teaching Award,” Dr. Hyder said. “It’s a privilege and a blessing to be able to teach, inspire, and strive to make a difference both in the classroom and in the community.”
According to her colleagues, the recognition is well-deserved.
“Dr. Hyder has a very strong work ethic and is very dedicated to her students,” said Dr. Kim Duckett, a biology professor at SMC. “A perfect example that comes to mind is the annual participation of her anatomy and physiology class in the SC Upstate Research Symposium. This requires Dr. Hyder to spend hours inside and outside the classroom guiding her students through the process.”
The Research Symposium is a forum where faculty and students from colleges and universities across the region can interact and discuss their research, scholarly, and/or creative endeavors. Dr. Hyder supported 12 students in presenting at the symposium this year. Dr. Duckett said students benefit from her commitment and walk away feeling accomplished and having learned important lessons in written and verbal communication.
“Dr. Hyder is also an ideal colleague. She is that wonderful coworker that everyone hopes to have,” Dr. Duckett said. “She goes above and beyond to help any of us when needed and always has the science department’s best interest in mind.”
Dr. Hyder began teaching at SMC in 2017. Prior to that she taught at the University of South Florida, where she earned both her bachelor’s and Ph.D. in biology. She has published several journal articles and presented her work at various conferences and seminars.