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Outstanding Faculty Mentors

Mentoring is one of the central professional development pillars of graduate education. Strong mentoring is essential to the successful creation of transformative leaders, knowledge mobilizers, master learners and career navigators.

Every year, the Graduate College recognizes outstanding faculty members for their outstanding service to the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities through mentoring excellence, commitment to professional development and career advancement and the fostering of inclusive, collaborative academic environments. Active, committed mentors not only offer coaching, modeling and feedback in academic and career development, but provide essential psychosocial and interpersonal connection and support.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 awardees!

The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards are an opportunity for ASU's graduate and postdoctoral communities to share in celebrating inspirations and accomplishments in mentorship. Thank you to all of those who nominated their mentors, reviewed nominations and to all of the outstanding mentors at ASU. For more details on this year's event, read ASU Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentors Take Center Stage. This year’s awardees are:

Outstanding Doctoral Mentor, 2019–20

Mirka Koro
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College,
Doctoral Programs

Outstanding Master’s Mentor, 2019–20

Tess Neal
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Outstanding Instructional Faculty Mentor, 2019–20

Gregory Dawson
W. P. Carey School of Business,
School of Accountancy

Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor, 2019–20

Yang Weng
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering,
School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering


Outstanding Faculty Mentor Recipients

A list of Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award Recipients.

2017-18 Amber Wutich Professor and Director, Center for Global Health, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2016 Elly van Gelderen Professor, Department of English, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2016 Terence Tracey Professor, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
2016 Elizabeth Wentz Dean and Professor School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2015 Donald L. Fixico Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2015 Margaret Schmidt Assistant Director, Professor, School of Music, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
2015 Paul Westerhoff Senior Advisor to the Provost for Engineering and Science, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
2014 Alfredo J. Artiles Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
2014 Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering
2014 Pamela Swan Associate Professor, Exercise and Wellness, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion