Excellence in Mentoring Awards

Professor Thomas Osang, left, with mentee Trisha Punayima, right. Showing his excellence in mentoring award at the Engaged Learning luncheon.

Each year, The Office of Engaged Learning honors faculty members who have provided our Engaged Learning Fellows exceptional mentoring. The criteria for selection considers the quality of the student's nomination, the student's accomplishments, and the faculty member's history of successfully mentoring students in the program. The awards come with a small honorarium.  

2024 Recipients

Dr. Mark Allen
Senior Lecturer, Temerlin Advertising Institute (Meadows)
Mentees: Tyler Chapman '25, Morgan Martinez '24, Ross Yenerich '25

Dr. Jessie Zarazaga
Clinical Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Lyle)
Mentees: Kristen Edwards '24, Arlo Kadane '24

Previous Excellence in Mentoring Awards


Linda Evans
Lecturer, ESL (Dedman)
Mentee: Shannon Lee, '23

Troy Perkins
Associate Professor, Film and Media Arts (Meadows)
Mentee: Lexie Shamir, '23

Dr. Scott Davis
Associate Professor, Applied Physiology and Wellness (Simmons)
Mentee: Alex Smith '22

Dr. Andrea Laurent-Simpson
Lecturer, Sociology (Dedman)
Mentee: Abena Marfo '22

Dr. Thomas Osang
Associate Professor, Economics (Dedman)
Mentee: Trisha Punamiya '21

Dr. Carolyn Smith-Morris
Associate Professor, Anthropology (Dedman)
Mentee: Abby Peterson '21

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher
Assistant Professor, Arts Management (Meadows)
Mentee: Julia Baca '20

Dr. John Wise
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences (Dedman)
Mentee: Jennifer Edgar '20

Dr. Brad Klein
Associate Director, SMU Embry Human Rights Program
Mentees: Averie Bishop, Neha Husein, Rachel Mumaw, Jaeidah Reed, 2019

Dr. Dona Mularkey
Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
Mentees: Meredith Burke and Ethan Leong, 2019

Dr. Chrystyna Kouros
Associate Professor of Psychology
Mentee: Page Hurley, 2019

Dr. Pia Vogel
Professor of Biological Sciences
Mentee: Kasi Holcomb-Webb, 2019

Dr. Mark Kerins
Associate Professor of Film
Mentee: Kendall Kramer, 2018

Dr. Alexander Lippert
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Mentees:  Justin Musser, 2018
 Anthony Spearman, 2018

Dr. Rita Economos
Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Mentee: Madi Wewer, 2017

Dr. Bonnie Jacobs
Professor of Earth Sciences
Mentee: Uma Lad, 2017

Dr. Jill Kelly
Assistant Professor of History
Mentee: Sarah Rahimi, 2016

Mr. Lee Arning
Executive Director of Emergency Preparedness

Mentee: Kelly Kiser, 2015

Dr. Donna Gober  
Senior Lecturer & Director of Wellness
Mentee: Courtney Thrower, 2015

Dr. Victoria Lockwood
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies
Mentee: Paige Bluejacket, 2015

Dr. Sheri Kunovich
Associate Professor of Sociology

Mentee: Rebecca Swarm, 2014

Dr. Andy Liu  
Research Associate Professor of Physics
Mentee: Joshua Abramovitch, 2014

Dr. Owen Lynch
Associate Professor and Director of Honors Program and SMU London Internships
Mentees: Jackie Ross, 2013; Lauryn Bodden, 2014; Basma Raza, 2014; Marc Bullard, 2015; Katherine Davis, 2015; Irisa Ona, 2015

Dr. Gretchen Smith
Associate Professor, Head of Theatre Studies
Mentees: Afomia Hailemeskel, 2013; Janielle Kastner, 2013; Claire Carson, 2014; Thomas Gelo, 2014; Kristen Kelso, 2014; Mei Mei Pollitt, 2015

Dr. Thomas Osang  
Associate Professor of Economics
Mentee: Jean Paul Destarac, 2012

Dr. Monnie McGee
Associate Professor of Statistical Sciences
Mentee: Michael McCarthy, pilot program