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Dr. Lauricella Receives the Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award

April 30, 2020

Dr. Sharon Lauricella, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in Communication and Digital Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH), was presented the Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award at the Celebrate Teaching Award Ceremony, held virtually on April 24, 2020.

The award recognizes excellence in mentorship and is presented to individuals who demonstrate “a passion for supporting student success, an ability to inspire personal and professional growth and an outstanding commitment to promote the values at the university.”

“Anyone familiar with Sharon's innovative work in the classroom and careful attention to our students' needs will not be surprised by her successful nomination for this award,” says Dr. Peter Stoett, Dean of FSSH. “She sets the bar high, as it should be.”

According to Dr. Lauricella, being a mentor means allowing students to be creative. “Mentorship is about caring," she says. "It means seeing what makes a student come alive. I do this by giving students the freedom to be creative and have fun in each class meeting, online activity, or course assignment. It means creating a place—in class or virtually—where students know that I am with them, supporting them and believing in their individual and collective awesomeness.”

See the full list of award recipients and nominees.