Education professor wins mentorship award
Published on July 12 2012
Dr. Michelle McGinn doesn’t do it for the recognition, the awards or the feathers in her proverbial cap.
Rather, the work she puts into aiding graduate students on their path to success is done, quite simply, because she has a desire to help them find their place, discover their passions and achieve their goals as they complete their degrees.
As a result of her mentorship McGinn received the 2012 Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education (CCGSE) Mentorship Award at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education conference at Wilfrid Laurier University this past May.
“It is particularly gratifying to receive an award from students because they are the heart of universities,” says McGinn. “Students put a lot of time and effort into adjudicating this award. It makes me feel that the standards are very high and that I need to continue to work hard to live up to their assessments.”
PhD candidate Christina Skorobohacz, whose efforts went above and beyond, prepared the nomination package with letters of support from current and former graduate students as well as a faculty member.
“What was most surprising for me was that I learned Christina had specifically joined the award adjudication committee last year in order to learn about the process to get a sense of what constituted a good nomination package,” says McGinn. “Her nomination package was a whole year in the making and that is a sign of real dedication.”
The dedication shown by Skorobohacz is a trait that McGinn herself has taken great pride in, both as a student and now as a mentor.
“As a graduate student I made the decision to become an academic and at that time I also made a commitment to become the kind of academic who engaged in the activities this award was established to recognize,” says McGinn. “I just knew that I wanted to be doing the kinds of things the award recognizes because I believe those activities are central to graduate education and to the life of the academy.”
And if there was one person who knew exactly the kind of activities the award was established to recognize, it’s McGinn, as she played an integral role in creating the award 15 years ago when she was a PhD student and Co-President of the Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education.
“It’s neat to know that I had a hand in drawing attention to the wonderful things that the previous award recipients have accomplished.”
As a result of her award McGinn was recognized at the CSSE annual general meeting with a framed certificate and she will receive a one-year paid membership to CSSE.
Dr. Michelle McGinn (left) received the 2012 CCGSE Mentorship Award from Lisa Starr (PhD student at the University of Victoria and 2011–2012 CCGSE Mentorship Award Chair) during the Canadian Society for the Study of Education annual conference held at Wilfrid Laurier University