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CHES Professor at UA Receives Educator of the Year Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Dr. Tyra W. Hilliard, associate professor in The University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences, has received the 2012 Educator of the Year Award from the Professional Convention Management Association.

Hilliard was recognized for her work as an outstanding mentor, teacher, researcher, scholar and adviser.

She has developed undergraduate and graduate courses using industry-best practices, and has focused the re-design of program curriculum on relevant marketplace competencies.

Hilliard also serves as a reviewer for Professional Meeting Management.

PCMA honors outstanding members for their contributions to the organization and the meetings industry at large. The award winners will be recognized at the 57th annual PCMA meeting early next year.


The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

  • CONTACT: Kristi Payne or Linda Hill, UA Media Relations, 205/348-8325,
  • SOURCE: Dr. Tyra W. Hilliard, UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, 205/348-6170,; Carolyn Clark, Professional Convention Management Association, 312/423-7271,