The winner of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's prestigious 2010 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring is Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS).
Selected from among hundreds of professors on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus, Dr. Marchionini believes that strong mentoring creates future leaders and scholars and can change the trajectory of a field. Focusing his attention on mentorship, Dr. Marchionini has served on more dissertation committees than many ensuring that his students complete their intended academic program, and do not run afoul of the graduation time limit. His students are well published, very visible at conferences, successful at obtaining external funding, and very competitive on the job market. The successes of his students enhance the standing not only of SILS but of UNC Chapel Hill. He has perfected the ability to work across disciplines with students having varied research interests and career goals ensuring their unique development into stellar scholars. "Professor Marchionini is a shining exemplar for SILS students and faculty, and the university at large."
The Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring was established in 2006 to recognize extraordinary performance and achievement in the mentoring of doctoral students. Dr. Marchionini was presented the award at the campus-wide Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May, 8, 2010 in the Dean E. Smith Center. The Hooding Ceremony is the university's official ceremony hosted by the Graduate School where each participant is called to the stage to have the hood of the commencement regalia conferred by his or her advisor or dissertation committee chair.
The Graduate School presents the monetary award, which recognizes extraordinary performance and achievement in the mentoring of doctoral students.
Photo at the top right of the page by Dan Sears. Photo at the bottom by Javier Velasco-Martin.