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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 12, 2005

Photo (l to r): Kathleen Diffley, professor of English; Richard Shields, professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science; John Keller, Graduate College Dean; Bruce Gronbeck, professor of communication studies; Robin Davisson, professor of anatomy and cell biology

Diffley, Shields Win Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Awards

Two University of Iowa professors have won Outstanding Mentor Awards from the Graduate College. Kathleen Diffley, professor of English, and Richard Shields, professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, won the awards, which are presented annually to two faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary mentoring efforts in graduate education. The awards carry a $2,500 prize.

The Graduate College regards the art of mentoring as a crucial ingredient of education. The Outstanding Mentor Award celebrates mentors' demonstrated commitment to helping students succeed both at the university and in their future careers. Diffley and Shields were selected from a group graduate faculty mentors who were nominated for the award by graduate students and other faculty members.

Two other nominated faculty -- Bruce Gronbeck, professor of communication studies, and Robin Davisson, professor of anatomy and cell biology, -- received Special Recognition for Mentoring, an occasional award given by the Graduate College to honor faculty mentors.

This year's awards recognized faculty members in humanities and fine arts and in biological and life sciences. In alternate years the awards are presented to faculty in social, mathematical and physical sciences and in engineering.

More information about graduate mentor award winners is online at http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/Awards/MentAwardWinners.htm

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