IU School of Social Work assistant professor receives mentor award

  • Nov. 20, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS -- Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, interim Bachelor of Social Work program director and assistant professor at the School of Social Work at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has received the Southern Regional Education Board Faculty Mentor of the Year Award at the 20th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

The institute was sponsored by the Compact for Faculty Diversity and is the largest gathering of minority doctoral students and junior faculty in the U.S. The institute was created by a partnership of the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. 

In nominating Gentle-Genitty for the mentoring award, Isaac Karikari, a Ph.D. student at the School of Social Work, wrote, “She is an amazing person and a great scholar.”

“Collaboratively, we developed a work schedule and regimen that made it possible for me to maintain the balance needed for success,” he wrote. “This was a process that helped reduce the high levels of anxiety I was experiencing as I struggled to settle and find my feet in a new social, cultural and academic setting.”

Gentle-Genitty shares her personal and professional experience; she also offers advice and support on being an exceptional student and has helped in advancing his career, Karikari wrote. “We have collaborated on developing some of my course papers for publication. Furthermore, after just two semesters of being with Dr. Gentle-Genitty, I am already a co-author of two articles that have been accepted for publication.”

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