Excellence in Graduate Mentoring and Advising honors graduate advisors and faculty members who have distinguished themselves as being highly committed to the advising and mentoring of graduate students.
Education professor Amos Hatch taught in urban elementary schools for thirteen years before entering higher education. His love for the field and guiding others into it is evident in all that he does. His students appreciate the time he spends just getting to know them. He also takes great care to make sure they are challenged. One nominator mentions how Hatch helped develop her research skills: “He challenged me to dig deeper, and look beyond what I thought to be true. He has always expected the best from me, and pushed me to strive to be the best I can be.”
Brent Mallinckrodt is a professor in the counseling psychology program and serves as director of graduate studies for the program. He takes great pride in watching students develop in their academic careers. “I’ve never had someone who I felt was authentically committed to helping me holistically grow. Dr. Mallinckrodt has, more than any other professor in my life,” one nominator notes. Mallinckrodt has researched the adjustment and retention of college students. He also has a special affinity for helping international students adjust to life at in America and at a large university. “Dr. Mallinckrodt has been a great mentor in helping me design my career path and develop a solid self-confidence as a counselor and researcher. With his great care, I could maintain balance between challenging myself for further achievement and keeping a sense of security in a busy life of doctoral studies,” says another graduate student.