Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY — Mary Ann Allison, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations in the School of Communication, has been named Hofstra University’s first Mentor of the Year, a new award to honor outstanding faculty supervision of advanced undergraduate research. Based in part on letters of nomination by students and colleagues, the prize is given to a full-time faculty member who has guided students, both professionally and academically, toward developing original ideas for research.
“Dr. Allison has a way of making seeds of inspiration blossom into research papers, multimedia presentations, and in my circumstance, visual journalism,” says one student researcher who nominated her. “She understands her students in a way that makes them unafraid to succeed, no matter how much work is involved or how obscure the field. She is one of those mentors who will continue to change and inspire her students, long after grades are received.”
This award reaffirms Hofstra’s recognition of advanced undergraduate research and dedicated faculty supervision as part of its commitment to teaching excellence, notes Neil H. Donahue, Undergraduate Research Coordinator and Senior Associate Dean of Honors College. Read more here: http://www.hofstra.edu/Home/News/PressReleases/05182012_MentorOftheYear.html