Faculty of the Month for May - Jennifer Hurley

The Faculty Senate Awards Committee members are pleased to announce Jennifer Hurley as the Ohlone College Faculty of the Month for May! Jennifer joined the Ohlone College English Department in 2001, and she has been opening minds and hearts since then. Her colleagues note that Jennifer “stands out as such an exceptionally compassionate and invested teacher, someone who truly inspires her students and those of us who work with her.”

In 2018 Jennifer launched her One Book, Two Hearts Project, and it exemplifies the kind of educator (and human being) that she is. The mission of One Book, Two Hearts is to gift a book to each Ohlone English student at the end of the semester. She beautifully describes her motivation for the project on her blog: “A gift of a book from a teacher who knows you a little and cares about you a lot could be a beginning. It might be the one thing that keeps someone on the path of reading for life. Or maybe not. But either way, it’s a gift.” Her blog, in fact, is a trove of thoughtful, beautifully-written meditations on teaching. Jennifer’s most recent entry, Slow Teaching During the Coronavirus, is a dedicated classroom teacher’s lovely paean to the surprising merits of Zoom teaching.

Jeff Roberts

When Jennifer is not writing, collecting books for One Book, Two Hearts or teaching you can find her hiking with her husband and dogs, cooking or sewing her own clothes. She also enjoys gardening with California native plants, and recharging herself with hot yoga. Please join the Faculty Senate Awards Committee in congratulating Jennifer Hurley on an honor well earned. We hope her inspiration is infectious!


The Faculty of the Month program seeks to honor faculty who have a history of making significant and continuing contributions to the College.

The selection is made by a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. The award is given monthly (of course!) during the academic year.

Learn more about the Faculty of the Month program.