Teena Willoughby has received the first ever Graduate Mentorship Award at the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Symposium.
The Psychology professor received the award this morning at the day-long conference, which showcases the work of Brock’s graduate students. Fifteen professors were nominated by their students to receive the award, which pays special tribute to the role of graduate faculty supervisors.
The award pays tribute to “the selfless researchers and teachers who believe in students and believe in graduate education,” said Marilyn Rose, Dean of Graduate Studies, during the award presentation.
Each nomination is proof of the generosity of the mentors to their students, she said.
Willoughby has supervised numerous PhD and MA students since joining Brock in 1995, Rose said.
“She has placed her students in community settings and encouraged the development of their leadership skills, and seen them through to prominent positions after graduation.”
Student comments included testimonies of Willoughby’s passion for research, her infectious enthusiasm, her sensitivity to her students’ future goals and her faith in her students’ talent and potential.
“I hope that one day I will be able to pay forward the kindness, guidance and mentorship she has shown me over the years, to my own students,” one testimonial read.
Here are the other professors nominated:
- Darlene Bay, Accounting
- Robert Dimand, Economics
- Maurice Feldman, Applied Disability Studies and Child and Youth Studies
- Diane Mack and Philip Wilson, Applied Health Sciences
- Cheryl McCormick, Psychology
- Michelle McGinn, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Education
- Tim O’Connell, Applied Health Sciences
- Frances Owen, Applied Disability Studies and Child and Youth Studies
- Cristina Santos, Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts
- Sidney Segalowitz, Psychology
- Hans Skott-Myhre, Child and Youth Studies
- Jeffrey Stuart, Biological Sciences
- Evangelia Tsiani, Applied Health Sciences
About 70 graduate students gave oral and poster presentations at the sixth annual conference, which is held by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Office of Research Services and the Graduate Students’ Association. Conference participants were from all six academic Faculties and covered a broad range of research areas, including autism, racism in superhero comic books and a history of the Ontario wine industry.
Wendy Ward, Canada Research Chair and associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, was the keynote speaker.