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Higgs recognized for dedication to teaching

As professor of psychology at Columbia College, Dr. Graham Higgs finds inspiration from his peers, particularly those who are just beginning their careers in teaching.

"They remind me about how important it is to be passionate about my ideas and to stay current in the work of my discipline," he said. "The faculty at Columbia College and my students challenge me -- I consider it an honor to be on the faculty at Columbia College."

For the past eight years, Higgs has brought inspiration to many students at the college. He will be honored this month at the annual Governor's Conference on Higher Education as the Columbia College recipient of the 2004 Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Graham holds a doctorate in educational psychology and a master's degree in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.