In this episode Garth interviews Erin Hardin from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in Knoxville, TN. They start with a strong discussion of all things introductory psychology, from committee work, grading challenges, supervising teaching fellows, to Erin’s work on her own course design. Erin is an accomplished SoTL researcher, with multiple grants that allow her to study success in Appalachian students from various perspectives, and she generously shares her grant-writing philosophy/strategy. Her academic family is impressive, as she shares stories about growing up, which include impressive combinations of service and science (and the positive influence of daytime soap operas too). She shares stories of her gap years between college and graduate school, and the importance of taking time for oneself.