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Excellence in Graduate Mentoring

Faculty mentoring is of primary importance to the success of any graduate student's educational experience. The mentor has the unique responsibility to ensure students become knowledgeable and sophisticated in their chosen fields of study, while also assisting them in developing the skills and attributes necessary for success after graduation. In addition, effective mentors recognize that graduate education involves describing and explaining the values, norms, and practices of a particular discipline. In this way, mentors gradually transform their graduate students into future intellectual leaders and noteworthy contributors to society.

2013 Mentoring Award Recipients

The Graduate College is very pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Christine Williams and Dr. Jeanette Wyneken as the 2013 recipients of the Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.

Dr. Christine Williams is a Professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Director of the Ph.D. in Nursing Program. During the past six years at FAU, Dr. Williams has mentored more than 35 students by serving on dissertation and comprehensive examination committees as well as advising research and teaching assistants. She has received many accolades for her work, and in 2010, was named the Ronald and Elizabeth Blake Distinguished Professor in Nursing. Her students credit her for being an essential part of their educational and professional careers. She sets high expectations for herself and encourages her students to do the same by mentoring them through their research, grant proposals and participation in conferences. Not only does she demonstrate leadership in nursing, but she also serves as the Vice Chair for the Institutional Review Board of the University. Dr. Williams demonstrates the true meaning of being a mentor.

Dr. Jeanette Wyneken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. The faculty and students who have been influenced by Dr. Wyneken are quick to explain how her contributions have had a positive impact on their educational experiences and careers. Perhaps the most distinguishing proof of her advising abilities is that all of the masters and doctoral graduates in her program have found careers in their desired fields; as educators, natural resource managers, or researchers. The success of her students parallels the time and effort she dedicates to helping them succeed. Dr. Wyneken has co-authored 21 peer-reviewed publications with graduate students as the lead author. She has been published 50 times in peer-reviewed journals, and has received over $71,000 in funding in 2013 alone. Dr. Wyneken tailors her support based on learner’s needs and is crucial to the success of her students. 

Please join the Graduate College in formally congratulating these professors for their outstanding efforts in graduate mentoring at FAU. Dr. Williams and Dr. Wyneken will be officially recognized at the annual Graduate College Awards Reception on October 10, 2013.

Past Award Recipients

-Dr. Taghi Khoshgoftaar, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
-Dr. Leslie Leip, School of Public Administration

-Dr. David  Bjorklund, Department of Psychology
-Dr. Khaled Sobhan, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

-Dr. Christine Scodari, School of Communication & Multimedia Studies
-Dr. Rose Sherman, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

-Dr. Valerie Bryan, Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology
-Dr. Mark Kohlbeck, School of Accounting

-Dr. Eric Chiang, Department of Economics
-Dr. Jeff Madura, Department of Finance

-Dr. Christine Williams, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
-Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, Department of Biological Sciences

Award Description

The Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award was established to recognize and encourage outstanding mentoring of graduate students. Recipients of the award are members of the Graduate Faculty with extraordinary records of excellence and effectiveness with regard to graduate mentoring.

The Award

The recipient receives a plaque, university-wide recognition, and $1,000. Support for this award comes from the Graduate College.


The award is open to all Graduate Faculty members who mentor graduate students.

Selection Criteria

  • Extraordinary commitment and effectiveness as a mentor of graduate students
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an environment supportive of graduate student success
  • Demonstrated record of graduate student success, both during the student's time at FAU and after graduation

Nomination Procedure

Only one nomination may be submitted per department. The department chair/school director shall submit the following: a letter of nomination; the nominee's vitae; and three letters of support from current and former graduate students of the nominee. The vitae should identify all the graduate students the nominee has mentored. Additional information submitted with the nomination will not be considered.

One electronic copy of each nomination for the Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award must be received by Friday, May 17, 2013. Send nomination packets to:

Graduate College - Debra Szabo
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd, SU-80, Room 106
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991


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