Biology instructor named to national ‘Top 40 under 40’ list

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Jerrie Hanible
by: Rene Abadie

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University Biology Instructor Jerrie R. Hanible of Hammond has been named to the inaugural list of "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire," published by the financial aid website NerdScholar.

The only professor selected from Louisiana, Hanible has taught at Southeastern for 14 years, having earned her bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a master's from Tulane University.

NerdScholar cites Hanible's ability to distill complex biology concepts into an easily digestible lecture. "She has been able to strike quite a rapport with her students who flock to her. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious," the site states in her profile.

"Jerrie has that rare teaching ability: able to perform objective self-reflection," said Department of Biological Sciences Department Head Chris Beachy. "She always asks 'How can I better communicate this complex topic?'  She's smart; students know it. She knows the material; students know it. She cares deeply about how much they learn; students know it. The result is they trust Jerrie, and her level of rapport with students is amazing. She demands much of the students; because they trust her, they work hard to reach her high expectations."

Her profile can be found on NerdScholar's website at

The professors included in the list were nominated based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, as well as interaction with students and collaboration on research. Nominees were collected through student and faculty recommendations, articles such as the Princeton Review of Best Professors and student review sites such as RateMyProfessors and CourseRank.

NerdScholar is a financial literacy website designed to assist students in making smart financial decisions as they maneuver the process of choosing a best-fit college and applying for financial aid.

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