Bennett Earns Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship for Teaching

Jeanette Bennett received the Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship for Teaching in recognition of her strong commitment to teaching, advising and mentoring.

The award goes to a member of faculty who has been awarded tenure within the last three years. Bennett is known for being a student-centric teacher and mentor and for bringing innovation into the classroom. Currently, she chairs the Department of Psychological Science Student Learning Outcomes Committee, where she has improved the assessment process. She also developed a workshop for the Center for Teaching and Learning titled, “Logically Teaching with Empathy: Using Emotionally Intelligent Techniques in the Classroom.” 

She is receptive and responsive to the unique needs of students. Recognizing that students in the Research Methods II required course have different interests and strengths, she developed two tracks, a high-challenge track for students with a strong interest in research and a high-support track for students who have less experience with quantitative research. Dedicated to the success of both her undergraduate and graduate students, her mentoring is resulting in research accomplishments for her students including peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, conference presentations and pre-doctoral grant submissions.

Bennett joined the faculty in the Department of Psychological Science in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2012. She earned a doctoral degree and a master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from Gannon University.

The Provost Awards recognize faculty and academic units for exemplary work in teaching and community engagement. This is vital to UNC Charlotte’s mission to prepare students for chosen careers and to address community needs in the Charlotte region.