|Two professors recognized for mentoring by women’s leadership council|
|Monday, April 26, 2010|
The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council has honored University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professors Michael McFee and Clyde Hodge for being great mentors to students and colleagues. They were honored awards today (April 26) at a ceremony in the Campus Y.
McFee, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the council’s faculty-to-student award. Hodge, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology in the School of Medicine and a member of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, received the faculty-to-faculty award.
The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, a volunteer committee formed during the Carolina First Campaign —a major fund-raising drive that ended in 2007 — sponsors the awards. The council remains engaged with the University, and members have raised more than $260,000 to endow the mentoring awards to support faculty.
The awards, which each carry a stipend of $5,000, recognize outstanding faculty members who make extra efforts to guide, mentor and lead students or junior faculty members as they make career decisions, embark on research challenges, and enrich their lives through public service, teaching and educational opportunities.
“Professors McFee and Hodge have contributed so much to their students and colleagues through their mentoring,” said Carol P. Tresolini, associate provost for academic initiatives. “I’m grateful to the Women’s Leadership Council for giving the University a way to honor them for their dedication and effort.”
McFee, a poet, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carolina.
“Since he arrived as a transfer from N.C. State to earn his B.A. here in 1976, Michael McFee has been at the heart of the literary community at UNC-Chapel Hill in every conceivable way,” one nominator wrote, citing McFee’s 19 years as a professor and 18 years as faculty adviser for the undergraduate literary magazine Cellar Door.
“Professor McFee’s care for and skill in the art of poetry are surpassed only by his personal care for his students and his skill in guiding them in their maturation as writers and human beings.”
One colleague noted that students line up to hear McFee’s counsel and are appreciative of the time he spends answering each one’s questions and providing feedback.
“I have seen the excitement in their demeanor to have their creative efforts taken so seriously,” this nominator wrote. “Michael’s focused attention has now created generations of word lovers, both for writing and reading.”
Hodge, an expert in animal models of alcoholism and alcohol neuropharmacology, joined UNC in 2001. Nominators called him the consummate mentor for those whom he officially mentors as well as those who seek him out.
“Whenever I ask for advice or counsel he responds,” a nominator wrote. “He has never put me off or delayed responding to e-mails. He has never failed to stop his work if I knocked on his door. Such a person is hard to find.”
Another nominator said Hodge was a role model who showed it is possible for a scientist to balance work and family life. “I remember being nervous about telling people at work when I was pregnant with my first child,” she wrote. “I came into Clyde’s office, sat down and told him the news. I will never forget what he said: ‘You just made my day!’”
Another described Hodge’s mentoring in numbers. “He has had 17 direct, multi-year engagements with in-lab mentoring and/or dissertation committees, eight postdoctoral students, and numerous junior (and not so junior!) faculty,” this nominator wrote.
First awarded in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Awards sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council will be an ongoing recognition program, open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as fixed-term faculty who have taught at UNC for at least three years. A selection committee appointed by the provost reviews and recommends the award recipients.
Photo caption: The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council has honored University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professors Clyde Hodge, left, and Michael McFee, right, for being great mentors to students and colleagues. They were honored with awards today (April 26) at a ceremony in the Campus Y. At center is Bruce Carney, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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