Vice Provost Deborah Clarke to speak at Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards.

Providing strong mentorship is one of the most lasting, impactful ways faculty can support and empower their graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Strong mentorship goes beyond committee membership or advising: the most effective mentors take an active interest in every element of their students’ success, from departmental acclimation to fostering inclusive, affirming environments, to providing essential professional development through collaboration or encouragement on conference presentations and publications. Research suggests that graduate students with strong mentors are more likely to persist to completion in their programs and move on to thriving careers.

Every year, outstanding graduate faculty are recognized for the Graduate College’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor (OFM) award. The OFM awards are based on nomination by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and a robust review process by previous awardees that includes statements of support from department chairs, previous graduate students or postdoctoral scholars, and a nominee-submitted mentoring philosophy.

This year, over 250 nominations were received in the categories of Outstanding Doctoral Mentor, Outstanding Master’s Mentor, Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor and Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor, with awardees in each category receiving research funding.

Join us on Wednesday, January 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Memorial Union Building Cochise Room (Tempe campus) as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel Deborah Clarke addresses the critical importance of mentoring and we recognize our 2018–2019 awardees.

Whether graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, faculty member, graduate staff or administration, the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards are an opportunity to connect with mentors, share inspirations, tips and triumphs in graduate student/postdoctoral success, and celebrate our 2018–2019 award recipients.

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