Carleton University’s 2012 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards were announced on January 15, 2013. Sprott professors Linda Duxbury and Nicolas Papadopoulos were among the 10 recipients from across the university. These awards are intended to recognize faculty who render exceptional service to graduate students as supervisors and research mentors. The effect of such faculty on the careers of students is frequently transformational.

Recipients of the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards are nominated by graduate students and fellow faculty members. Read excerpts from the nominations below.

Linda Duxbury, Professor of Management and Strategy

2012 Faculty Mentor Awards Linda Duxbury

Professor Linda Duxbury with PhD in Management students (from left to right) Mike Halinski, Chris Smith and Greg Dole.

“In fact in the eight years that I have known her, Dr. Duxbury has consistently gone above and beyond to provide all of her students with opportunities to develop, both personally and professionally… Dr. Duxbury single-handedly altered my course in life and am immensely thankful to her for that.”

“She has a way of talking with her students…that allows students to believe that they are the only person she is talking to. She connects with them on a deeper level. She has connected with me. In addition to this unique connection she has with her students, she also propels them towards achieving their potential…. She has opened my eyes to what I can achieve and, to a greater extent, who I am as a person. I did not leave the MBA as the same person as when I entered it.”

“The foundation for Dr. Duxbury’s impressive track record of graduate supervision is her passion for higher learning, her world class ability as researcher, and her genuine care for the best interests of her students.”

Nicolas Papadopoulos, Chancellor’s Professor

2012 Faculty Mentor Award Nicolas Papadopoulos

Chancellor’s Professor Nicolas Papadopoulos (right) with Chris Bennell, Graduate Chair in the Department of Psychology.

“Dr. Papadopoulos is an exceptional mentor and friend. He has made profound and extraordinary contributions in my life.”

“Even after six years, Dr. Papadopoulos still reaches out to me and follows my career and life with a proud interest; he is always quick to send congratulations on a promotion and best wishes on a relocation.”

“Throughout the entire process, he was supportive beyond my expectations….As my supervisor, Prof. Papadopoulos was preparing me not just to succeed in my research but was instilling in me a work ethic, drive and attention to detail that critically shaped who I am today. I could not have asked for a more diligent, effective and supportive supervisor.”


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