2016-2017 Faculty Award Recipients

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Faculty Mentoring Awards recipients (left to right): Professor Michele Tracy Berger, Professor Gregory Forest and Professor Mark Fraser.

Michele Tracy Berger received the Faculty Mentoring Award in the Faculty to Undergraduate Student Mentoring category.

Professor Michele Tracy Berger
Professor Michele Tracy Berger

Professor Berger is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of City and Regional Planning.  Professor Berger received a BA in political studies from Bard College, a certificate from the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her doctorate from the Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She came to Carolina in 2004 after accepting the role of Faculty Fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies.

During her 14 years at Carolina, Professor Berger has mentored many undergraduate students. She has taught a variety of courses ranging from large-enrollment undergraduate classes to upper-level seminar style courses to graduate courses. Professor Berger also supervises interns in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

One nominator praises Professor Berger as “the epitome of professionalism; always prepared for her classes, going the extra mile, performing her role for all her students to see what can be done, so they can follow in her footsteps and at the same time take minority women seriously.” It is also noted that, “As one of the few faculty of color, Dr. Berger is aware of her responsibility towards minority students as a role model. However, she is also conscious of the burden of being a model of what African American women can accomplish in academia, or by extension in any profession, if they are taken seriously…”

M. Gregory Forest received the Faculty Mentoring Award in the Faculty to Junior Faculty Mentoring category.

Professor M. Gregory Forest
Professor M. Gregory Forest

Professor Forest is Grant Dahlstrom Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics, holds joint appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Applied Physical Science, and is Director of the Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics. Forest received a BS in mathematics from the University of New Orleans, a MS in mathematics from the University of New Orleans and his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Arizona. He came to Carolina in 1996 from Ohio State University.

Professor Forest‘s commitment to diversity and collaboration is evident in all he does. Described by one of his nominators, “In his 20 years at Carolina, Greg has been the founding developer, senior figure, and intellectual leader of the Applied Mathematics group within the Department of Mathematics, building it up from nothing to a group currently numbering 10 other core faculty… the department is highly regarded for its collaborative interactions across campus and international research profile.” Fraser has, “…worked tirelessly to promote the excellent interdisciplinary research of these faculty, bringing in experts from other departments and schools across campus.”

Mark Fraser received the Faculty Mentoring Award in the Faculty to Graduate Student Mentoring category.

Professor Mark Fraser
Professor Mark Fraser

Professor Fraser is the John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children-in-Need at the UNC School of Social Work, a position he has held since joining the University in 1993. He received a BA in history from DePauw University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and his doctorate from the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

According to one nominator, Fraser’s student mentoring starts “soon after their enrollment, treating them as colleagues and friends from the first encounter,” adding, “his own enthusiasm and creativity inspire his students to greater efforts.” Another nominator wrote, “Dr. Fraser is a great scholar, a wonderful teacher, and more important, a very kind person…Dr. Frazer is my role model and will continue to be my role model.”

2015 Faculty Award Recipients

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2014 and 2015 Faulty Mentoring Awards recipients.

Susan Girdler is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and also serves as Director for the UNC Psychiatry Stress and Health Research Program. Dr. Girdler’s long standing research interest is in the adrenergic and neuroendocrine basis of reproductive mood disorders, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and perimenopausal depression. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida; her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Nova Southeastern University; and her doctorate in experimental and biological psychology from Carolina.

Susan has established three separate, innovative mentoring programs that promote professional development opportunities. First, she established Women in Science Deserve Opportunities and Mentoring (WISDOM) to facilitate the success of early career women scientists in the School of Medicine, where the overwhelming majority of tenured professors and department chairs are men. Second, Susan established a Junior Faculty Mentoring Program for the Department of Psychiatry, which has provided one-on-one mentoring and career development programming for junior faculty members since 2009. Third, Susan is a PI of the NIH-funded UNC T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Reproductive Mood Disorders, the first of its kind in the nation. One of Susan’s nominators describes her as a “truly generous, compassionate, insightful, gifted, and simply outstanding mentor. She has set a precedent for innovation and dedication in this vital and neglected area of faculty development. No mentor that I know of is more universally admired and respected.”

Christopher Armitage, who joined the Carolina faculty in 1967, specializes in seventeenth- and twentieth-century English and Canadian literature. Armitage earned a bachelor’s degree with honors and a master’s degree from Oxford University. He earned a second master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and a doctorate from Duke University.

Armitage has been guiding and influencing the lives of students in his English courses for 50 years. A nominator attested that “he takes a keen interest in the experiences, talents, and goals of each individual student. Regardless of a student’s particular field of study, he encourages each Tar Heel to recognize the importance of strong writing and communication skills that will be invaluable in any future career. Through mentorship, encouragement and enthusiasm for his field, a course with Dr. Armitage has been a life- changing experience for many students. And even though Dr. Armitage is now a half-century older than many of his students, he still has an uncanny ability to connect with them.”

Daniel Riffe is Richard Cole Eminent Professor in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. His teaching and research areas include mass communication theory and research methodology, mass communication and environmental risk, international news, government-press relations, citizen journalism, and the treatment of women and minorities in the media. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton; his master’s degree at Ohio University; and his doctorate at the University of Tennessee.

Riffe is known for offering to collaborate on projects and scholarly publications with students, whether they are in his classes or not. “Of all the faculty members I worked with in the course of my time at UNC, Dr. Riffe by far put the most effort in to help students,” one nominator wrote. “In his classes, he truly cared about students’ learning, and he gave us multiple opportunities to practice what we learned through research projects in his methods classes. He spent tons of time going through each step with us to make sure we produced the best work possible. He also spent a lot of time putting together classes and lessons that would help us not only learn the content but absorb it for the long term.”

2014 Faculty Award Recipients

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Giselle Corbie-Smith and other Faulty Mentoring Awards Winners.

Dr. Corbie-Smith is Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine at the School of Medicine, and nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the practical and ethical issues regarding involvement of minorities in research. She directs the Program on Health Disparities at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a master’s degree from Emory University. Dr. Corbie-Smith serves as the Director of NC TraCS’ Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship (CARES) Services.

Calling her an outstanding mentor, Dr. Corbie-Smith’s nominators said that her greatest legacy will be that of “elevating other leaders, preparing students, trainees, and faculty in task and vision who will flourish long after she has left the field. She is a tremendous resource and inspiration for women faculty, staff, and trainees in the UNC-Chapel Hill community and beyond.”

Kelly Hogan is Senior STEM Lecturer in the Department of Biology and Director of Instructional Innovation in the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, and her doctorate from Carolina.

One nominator said this about Hogan: “If I were to describe Dr. Hogan in one word, it would be inspirational. In a field where males usually dominate, I look for female role models. Not just females that develop their own Bayesian models, or are presidents of international neuroscience conferences, but rather ones who are successful scientists, and have a family. I want to believe that it is possible for me to be a researcher, an academic, and at the same time a mother, wife and friend. Dr. Hogan is probably the only female professor I have worked with in the biology field that has been able to maintain this balance. Because of her example I have continued in the science field.”

Donna Gilleskie is a professor in the Department of Economics and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Her research focuses on the health, health insurance decisions, and medical care utilization of individuals and how these behaviors impact employment decisions and subsequent health. She earned a dual undergraduate degree in both economics and math from Carolina, and went on to earn both a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Gilleskie has mentored dozens of graduate students during her career at Carolina. One nominator suggested considering the totality of all those students having gone on to productive careers. “To evaluate the quality of Donna’s mentorship, look at the quality and diversity of her students’ placements. Donna’s students have jobs at research universities, teaching universities, the federal government, policy research centers, and in the private sector,” this nominator wrote. “Different people have different capabilities, and Donna found a way to guide each and every one of us to make the most of the skills and abilities we brought to the table.”


2013 Faculty Award Recipients

Three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members received mentoring awards from the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council on May 10, 2013 at a ceremony at the Campus YMCA.
Sherryl Kleinman was honored for mentoring undergraduate students, and Silvia Tomášková was honored for mentoring junior faculty. Because the council added a third award this year, Jeanne Moskal was honored for mentoring graduate students. The awards include a $5,000 stipend.

The council, sponsor of the award, is a volunteer committee formed during the Carolina First Campaign, a major fundraising drive that ended in 2007. Council members have raised almost $400,000 to endow the mentoring awards.

Now in their ninth year, the awards recognize outstanding faculty members who make extra efforts to guide, mentor and lead others in making career decisions, embarking on research challenges and enriching their lives through public service, teaching and educational opportunities. “We’re so grateful to the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council for adding a third award this year,” said Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initiatives. “It allows us to honor even more faculty for providing the mentoring that so enriches the lives of students and other faculty.”

Sherryl Kleinman, Professor of Sociology, received the award for mentoring undergraduate students. Kleinman, who is also the director of the Social and Economic Justice Minor, and the faculty adviser to Feminist Students United, has taught at UNC since 1980. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she received a B.A. from McGill University (in Montreal), her M.A. from McMaster University (in Hamilton, Ontario) and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota – all in sociology.

Kleinman’s nominators all said she manages to mentor all of her students, while tailoring her guidance to each individual. “Her class and her mentorship helped me to become mindful of how my actions impact others, and how I can contribute to making the world a more just place,” wrote one. “Throughout my four years at Carolina, I never met another professor who was so available and interested in helping students reach their goals.”

Silvia Tomášková, an associate professor, holds a joint appointment in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of Anthropology. She teaches courses in both areas, and directs the Women in Science program. She holds four degrees: a B.A. from McGill University, one M.A. from Yale and another from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. She has taught at UNC since 2001.

Calling Tomášková a “first-rate scholar” and “phenomenal teacher,” nominators praised Tomášková’s drive and discipline, and mentioned that she created a monthly junior faculty mentoring group. “For both new faculty members looking to integrate into the department and the University, and for advanced junior faculty navigating the tenure process, Silvia’s contributions have been invaluable,” one wrote.

Jeanne Moskal, a professor of English who has taught at UNC since 1984, was honored for her work mentoring graduate students. A scholar of the British Romantic period, she earned a B.A. degree from Santa Clara University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

“Professor Moskal takes professionalization of graduate students extremely seriously,” one nominator wrote. “She also models and inculcates the values that make the humanities matter: curiosity, openness to dialogue, research and social ethics, and understanding of the human as a holistic being.”

First awarded in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Awards are open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as fixed-term faculty who have taught at UNC for at least three years. A selection committee appointed by the executive vice chancellor and provost reviews and recommends the award recipients.

2012 Faculty Award Recipients

Professors Jean DeSaix (left) and Peggye Dilworth-Anderson are the winners of the 2012 Faculty Mentoring Awards, given by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members received the 2012 Faculty Mentoring Awards from the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

Jean DeSaix (pronounced De Say), a senior lecturer in the biology department in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the faculty-to-student mentoring award. The faculty-to-faculty mentoring award went to Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, a professor of health policy and management in the Gillings

School of Global Public Health. The awards include a $5,000 stipend.

Now in their seventh year, the awards recognize outstanding faculty members who make extra efforts to guide, mentor and lead students or junior faculty members as they make career decisions, embark on research challenges and enrich their lives through public service, teaching and educational opportunities.

“With each year, the strong culture of mentoring at Carolina becomes even stronger,” said Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initiatives. “Many thanks to the council members for sponsoring these awards, and congratulations to the outstanding faculty members who received them.”

DeSaix earned both her master’s degree and doctorate at UNC and has taught about 800 students in each of her nearly 40 years at Carolina. She has also been active in the Episcopal Campus Ministry, UNC Habitat for Humanity, Pre-Health Advising and Carolina Covenant, a UNC program that enables low-income students to graduate debt-free. She serves as an adviser, participates in department and campus committees, and has held leadership positions in the Faculty Council.

“She was incredibly supportive of my intellectual pursuits, often encouraging me to pursue topics of interest in research papers and course presentations,” said Paul Shorkey, a former student who went on to become a Rhodes Scholar. “[A]s I entered my senior year, she was one of my biggest advocates in applying for the Rhodes Scholarship. It was through her incredible support, both written and verbal, that I even had the confidence to apply.”

Dilworth-Anderson, who came to UNC in 2002, earned her doctorate at Northwestern University. A sociologist by training, she has researched aging for nearly 40 years, with a focus on caregiving among minority elders and Alzheimer’s. She currently serves as the interim co-director of the Institute on Aging at UNC.

Dilworth-Anderson secured a federal grant from the National Institute on Aging in 2005, awarded to senior leaders and scientists in the field of aging to promote and advance aging research. She has used the funds — more than $500,000 over six years — to help support six junior investigators and to establish a mentoring group at UNC that focuses on minority aging and health disparities. The group has met monthly since 2005.

During her career, Dilworth-Anderson has mentored more than 20 doctoral students, as well as many junior and mid-career faculty members, from a variety of disciplines. At UNC, she has served on the Provost’s Task Force on Promotion, contributing to its mentoring section.

“Mid-career and even senior scholars often seek her out for her advice in working effectively with more junior colleagues,” said one nominator. “She is seen as a role model for minority and women scholars and trainees doing scholarship in minority aging across the University and throughout the United States.”

First awarded in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Awards are open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as fixed-term faculty who have taught at UNC for at least three years. A selection committee appointed by the executive vice chancellor and provost reviews and recommends the award recipients.

2011 Faculty Award Recipients

ccm3_025627-300x192The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council has honored University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professors Sandra “Sandy” Martin and Harold “Hal” Kohn for being great mentors to students and colleagues. They were honored with the Faculty Mentoring Awards at a ceremony Feb. 24 at the Carolina Inn.

The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council has honored Martin, associate dean for research in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, received the council’s faculty-to-student award. Kohn, Kenan Professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, received the faculty-to-faculty award.

The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, a volunteer committee formed during UNC’s Carolina First Campaign — a major fundraising drive that ended in 2007 — sponsors the awards. The council remains engaged with the University, and members have raised more than $260,000 to endow the mentoring awards to support faculty.

The awards, which each carry a stipend of $5,000, recognize outstanding faculty members who make extra efforts to guide, mentor and lead students or junior faculty members as they make career decisions, embark on research challenges and enrich their lives through public service, teaching and educational opportunities.

Julia Sprunt Grumbles, UNC class of 1975 and a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, congratulated Martin and Kohn. “This is the sixth year we have given these awards, and each year has brought us names of faculty mentors who are making an incredible difference in the lives of Carolina’s students and junior faculty,” she said. “These individuals share their wisdom, expertise and valuable time every day, year after year, often without recognition. Mentoring is alive and well, and is an important part of UNC’s faculty culture.”

Martin, who earned her Ph.D. from Carolina, began her career here in 1990 as an assistant professor, focusing on violence prevention and women’s health. She has advised students interested in nursing, psychology and social work. “During this work,” a colleague wrote, “students routinely tell me about the warm, enthusiastic help and support they receive from Sandy.”

Another nominator who worked with Martin over several years, from just beginning a doctoral career to finishing a dissertation, praised the “consistently high level of energy, enthusiasm, and warmth Sandy provided in all my interactions with her. This made working with her a pleasure. Sandy knows how to balance critique with kindness, which, together, help a student thrive and move forward.”

“Hal began by building the unit from the bottom up … he recruited five junior faculty members in six years and served as their mentor,” they wrote. “He carefully monitored their development, guided them when appropriate, but most importantly enabled them to grow in the directions they sought. … Today, the unit is vibrant and has grown to 12 faculty … all five faculty members brought to UNC under Hal’s stewardship have been promoted and tenured. Significantly, the base that Hal created has allowed us to hire senior faculty members that have elevated the national reputation of the group.”

First awarded in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Awards sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council will be an ongoing recognition program, open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as fixed-term faculty who have taught at UNC for at least three years. A selection committee appointed by the provost reviews and recommends the award recipients.

2010 Faculty Award Recipients

ccm1_036203Clyde Hodge (left) and Michael McFee (right) with council member Julia Sprunt GrumblesThe Carolina Women’s Leadership Council honored University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professors Michael McFee and Clyde Hodge with the 2010 Faculty Mentoring Awards.McFee, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the council’s 2010 faculty-to-student award. Hodge, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology in the School of Medicine and a member of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, received the 2010 faculty-to-faculty award.McFee, a poet, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carolina.

Since he arrived as a transfer from N.C. State to earn his B.A. here in 1976, Michael McFee has been at the heart of the literary community at UNC-Chapel Hill in every conceivable way,” one nominator wrote, citing McFee’s 19 years as a professor and 18 years as faculty adviser for the undergraduate literary magazine Cellar Door.

“Professor McFee’s care for and skill in the art of poetry are surpassed only by his personal care for his students and his skill in guiding them in their maturation as writers and human beings.” One colleague noted that students line up to hear McFee’s counsel and are appreciative of the time he spends answering each one’s questions and providing feedback. “I have seen the excitement in their demeanor to have their creative efforts taken so seriously,” this nominator wrote. “Michael’s focused attention has now created generations of word lovers, both for writing and reading.”

Hodge, an expert in animal models of alcoholism and alcohol neuropharmacology, joined UNC in 2001. Nominators called him the consummate mentor for those whom he officially mentors as well as those who seek him out. “Whenever I ask for advice or counsel he responds,” a nominator wrote. “He has never put me off or delayed responding to e-mails. He has never failed to stop his work if I knocked on his door. Such a person is hard to find.”

Another nominator said Hodge was a role model who showed it is possible for a scientist to balance work and family life. “I remember being nervous about telling people at work when I was pregnant with my first child,” she wrote. “I came into Clyde’s office, sat down and told him the news. I will never forget what he said: ‘You just made my day!’” Another described Hodge’s mentoring in numbers. “He has had 17 direct, multi-year engagements with in-lab mentoring and/or dissertation committees, eight postdoctoral students, and numerous junior (and not so junior!) faculty,” this nominator wrote.

2009 Faculty Award Recipients

ccm1_036205Cynthia Bulik (left) and Kathleen Rounds Cynthia Bulik, the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, received the council’s 2009 faculty-to-faculty mentoring award.

Kathleen Rounds, a professor in the UNC School of Social Work, received the 2009 faculty-to-student award. Bulik directs the UNC Eating Disorders program, where she mentors more than a dozen junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and several advanced graduate students. In addition, she has mentored junior and senior colleagues outside UNC by sponsoring visiting scholars and by spearheading initiatives designed to increase student and junior faculty participation and provide direct educational and mentoring services to attendees of the Academy of Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders Research Society annual conferences.

Along with her post as a professor of social work, Rounds directs the doctoral program at the School of Social Work. The school’s dean, faculty, students and friends nominated her. Together, they described her mentorship as broad, deep, inspiring, steadfast and generous.Specifically, Dean Jack Richman said two key programs have had direct benefit of her commitment and service. They are the Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Public Health dual-degree program that she initiated in 1992, and the School of Social Work Ph.D. program, which began in 1993.Many doctoral students wrote letters in support of Rounds’ nomination. One said this: “Kathleen lets us know that she cares about us, she is constantly available for consultations and she is ever-encouraging. … Kathleen has the ability that not many teachers or bosses have to balance guidance with the provision of freedom to tap into individuals’ own skills. Her love of social work and public health and her depth of experience have truly inspired me, and I hope that someday I can be the woman and faculty member that she is.”Another said this: “More than anything I appreciate her humor — laughter is powerful medicine for doctoral students! She is incredibly deserving of this award.”

One of Bulik’s nominators said she “single-handedly debunks the myth that exceptional scientists have neither the time nor the proclivity for being exceptional teachers. On the contrary, she whole-heartedly embraces her role as mentor and relishes every opportunity to help others spread their wings and fly.” Another said simply: “If there were more mentors like Cindy Bulik, I think there would be more women in science.”

2008 Faculty Award Recipients

Screen-Shot-2015-02-06-at-3.20.18-PMJane Brown, the James L. Knight Professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, received the 2008 award for faculty-to-faculty mentoring. Jo Anne Earp, a professor of health behavior and health education at the UNC School of Public Health, received the 2008 award for faculty-to-student mentoring.

Brown teaches courses in health communication and communication research and theory, and is responsible for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s undergraduate honors program. Many nominators said Brown serves as either an official or unofficial mentor for most of the female faculty there.

“Jane is a successful scientist who has made significant contributions to media studies and our knowledge of adolescent development,” said one nominator. “However, she also has the more rare quality of really caring about junior faculty, being inclusive in her interactions with students and faculty, and providing sound advice and guidance.”

Another nominator recalled this story: “I have known Jane Brown since 1986 when I first came to the University as a new assistant professor … there were no women in my department, and it would have been a more difficult role to be in had it not been for Jane. Jane was the first person to call me once I arrived; she introduced herself to me and invited me to lunch. … That lunch was so critical to my feeling more comfortable and welcome, and since that first lunch in 1986, Jane has continued to mentor me.”

Earp is a medical sociologist whose research interests focus on the role of social and attitudinal factors in explaining variation in health behaviors. This is not the first time she has been recognized as a wonderful mentor. In 2005, she received the John E. Larsh, Jr. Award for Mentorship at the School of Public Health.One nominator said Earp “makes no distinction in people’s rank or position. Instead, what she sees is the potential in people, and then she sees it as her job to help them see – and realize – that potential as well.”

Another nominator wrote that “dozens of people” find themselves “caught up in Jo Anne’s orbit. … I imagine that they almost always conclude an interchange with Jo Anne knowing that now they have a good road map to go forward, that they are capable of facing the often daunting challenges before them and that they have the absolute best ally in their corner.” This same nominator concluded that “one of the most refreshing attributes about Jo Anne’s mentoring style is that, for her, it is a way of life.”


2007 Faculty Award Recipients

Janna Dieckmann, an assistant professor of nursing, received the council’s 2007 faculty-to-faculty mentoring award. Andrew Reynolds, an associate professor of political science, received the 2007 faculty-to-student award.Both Dieckmann and Reynolds received numerous nominations.

One nominator said Dieckmann radiates a passion for teaching. “She truly believes that one of the most important missions of a university is to meet the needs and expectations of students with the most current and effective teaching methods available,” the nominator wrote. “She is curious, and she encourages others to be curious. She is imaginative and she encourages others to be imaginative. And she is a problem solver and she encourages finding real and lasting solutions to problems.”

“Janna is an excellent mentor for faculty because she truly believes in the seriousness of the academic pursuit and her enthusiasm is genuinely contagious,” this nominator continued. “… Few people actually help others to achieve their goals, Janna Dieckmann does, and that is the true value of a mentor.”

One of Reynolds’ nominators expressed appreciation for his listening skills. “Professor Reynolds always listened to my ideas – no matter how eccentric – because he recognized that my imagination was more important to the development of this project than knowledge; that would come later through research,” the nominator wrote. “He honored brainstorming as a necessity without labeling ideas right or wrong. He gave me the freedom to think as big as I wanted to without censorship … and continued to encourage my creative endeavors throughout the year, emphasizing that at the time I would defend my thesis, I would be the teacher. He had already taken a backseat and was letting me drive from the very beginning.”

2006 Faculty Award Recipients

ccm1_036210Carla White-Harris (second from left) and Joy Kasson (right) are congratulated by Provost Robert Shelton and WLC member Julia Sprunt Grumbles.Joy Kasson, the Bowman and Gordon Gray professor of American studies and English and chairwoman of the Curriculum in American Studies, all within the College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2006 award for the faculty-to-faculty category.Carla White-Harris, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy and director of the Pharmaceutical Care Labs, received the 2006 award for the faculty-to-student category.

Both recipients received numerous nominations. Of Kasson, a peer wrote: “I cannot think of a colleague who at one time or another has not benefited from her friendship and professional guidance or support. Joy Kasson is a model of excellence in teaching, research and service for which the university strives.”

Likewise, one of White-Harris’ nominators wrote: “I define mentor as a wise and trusted friend and guide. Someone who listens to you, demonstrates leadership, believes in you and helps you to become who you are today. Ms. White-Harris demonstrates all of these attributes and more. She exemplifies the true definition of what a ‘mentor’ is.”