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.
2012 Mentoring Award Recipients
The Graduate College is very pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Eric Chiang and Dr. Jeff Madura as the 2012 recipients of the Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.
Dr. Eric Chiang is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department and has been a member of the College of Business’ faculty for 10 years. Dr. Chiang has served as Graduate Director of the Masters in Economics Program for the past five years. He has not only increased enrollment in the program by 600% over the last five years, he has done so while raising admissions standards. Dr. Chiang has guided his students through four peer-reviewed research publications, 11 Ph.D. placements in universities throughout the country and five placements into full-time faculty positions. Dr. Chiang continuously receives stellar teaching evaluations, but more importantly, his graduate students credit him with providing them with life-changing professional advice and guidance both during their time at FAU and well into their careers.
Dr. Jeff Madura is a Professor in the Department of Finance and has been a member of the College of Business’ faculty for 20 years. Dr. Madura has chaired 26 dissertations completed by finance Ph.D. students and is presently chairing 2 others. He has co-authored 120 journal articles with his Ph.D. students. He is recognized for his dedication and passion for providing his graduate students with a very well-rounded education. Dr. Madura’s former students credit him with having been extremely influential on their professional lives and for being a mentor they will continue to look to for guidance going forward.
Please join the Graduate College in formally congratulating these professors for their outstanding efforts in graduate mentoring at FAU. Dr. Chiang and Dr. Madura will be officially recognized at the annual Graduate College Awards Reception on October 4, 2012.
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
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 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.
- 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
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 - Janelle Petak
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd, SU-80, Room 101
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991