Georgia College Faculty Member Wins National Faculty Mentor Award
Stephanie McClure, a professor of sociology at Georgia College, was awarded one of six national Faculty Mentor of the Year awards at the 26th annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in October in Atlanta, Georgia. The Institute is the nation’s largest annual gathering of underrepresented Ph.D. students and college faculty members of color.
McClure was nominated by Georgia State University doctoral student Hersheda Patel, who said that McClure ”embodies the definition of a mentor in her every action, and every one of her students is forever changed by her passion for social justice and racial equity.”
Patel is a participant in the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, which provides financial support, leadership development and mentoring to help underrepresented minority scholars become faculty members. To address the nation’s continuing shortage of African-American, Hispanic and Native American faculty, SREB hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, a collaboration of programs across the country that support minority Ph.D. students.
The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring is the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country. Now in its 26th year, the Institute gives the issue of faculty diversity a national focus and provides minority scholars with the strategies necessary to survive the rigors of graduate school, earn the doctoral degree and succeed as members of the professorate.
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