03/01/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/01/2018 13:59
The University of Arkansas at Little RockCollege of Social Sciences and Communicationpresented Dr. Kristen McIntyre with the Faculty Mentor Award and awarded six additional student research prizes during the college's Research and Creative Works Showcase on Feb. 27.
Dr. Julien Mirivel, interim dean of the college, said McIntyre is deserving of the award, which was created to celebrate a faculty member from the college who goes above and beyond in being a positive role model and mentor for their students.
'She is always mentoring, always teaching, and always available to students,' Mirivel said. 'I think this award is well deserved. We have great faculty in every unit of our college, and Kristen is a great example. She is very engaged with her students.'
McIntyre, associate professor of applied communication, said she was surprised, humbled, and overwhelmed to receive the award.
'I think the secret to being a good faculty mentor is listening,' McIntyre said. 'I think you have to love your students, and you have to practice tough love sometimes. You have to give students what they need even if it's not what they want.'
The showcase featured about 65 presentations from students, faculty, and staff of the college, many of which highlight the college's mission to apply 'theory and research to drive social change and inspire human expression, reflection, and interconnection.'
'I really believe that we use our own work not just to understand, but to reach out and try to improve the world around us,' Mirivel said.
A prime example of the college's belief in improving the world through research is the recipient of the Community Engagement Award, which recognizes the research project that most affects the community.
Leonardo Moya, who is majoring in rhetoric and writing, won the award for his project, 'Homeless in Little Rock.' Moya's faculty mentor was Dr. Heidi Skurat-Harris.
Additional award winners include:
Iveta Imre, assistant professor of mass communication, headed the showcase's task force, which included Chatham-Carpenter, Lytle, Martin, and ten Bensel.