IUPUI urban education studies professor earns national faculty mentoring award
October 16, 2012
- Diane Brown
- Charles Larkin Carney
School of Education, IUPUI
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The University Council for Educational Administration has presented its prestigious faculty mentoring award to an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor.
Jim Scheurich, professor of urban education studies in the IU School of Education at IUPUI, is the recipient of the Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award.
The University Council for Educational Administration, a consortium of higher education institutions, is the premier education leadership research organization. The group sponsors and disseminates research and best practices, and promotes policy intended to improve the preparation and practice of educational leaders.
The council established the mentoring award to recognize educational leadership faculty “who have made a substantive contribution to the field by mentoring the next generation of students into roles as university research professors, while also recognizing the important roles mentors play in supporting and advising junior faculty,” according to the organization’s website.
Scheurich joined the faculty at IUPUI in July as a professor and the coordinator for the new urban education doctoral program. Throughout a career at the University of Texas and Texas A&M before coming to IUPUI, Scheurich chaired 27 doctoral dissertations to completion. His outstanding work in mentoring more than 20 university doctoral students who are now themselves faculty at universities across the nation earned him the Scribner Mentoring Award.
The award honors what he considers a key part of his job, Scheurich said.
“I think (mentoring) is a very important part of being a tenured professor,” Scheurich said. “I think the other thing is just being really compassionate about and really understanding about how difficult it is to be a doctoral student or a new professor, being keenly empathetic to the difficulties they face.”
The attributes that earned Scheurich the national award also contributed to his selection as coordinator of the new urban education program at IUPUI.
“We sought Jim’s experience, expertise and leadership to launch our urban education studies Ph.D. program,” said Pat Rogan, executive associate dean of the IU School of Education at IUPUI. “His focus on issues of equity, his investment in mentoring and the intentionality he brings to recruiting, retaining and supporting students of color are all high priority areas for our School of Education at IUPUI.”
The mentoring award is the second time the University Council for Educational Administration has recognized Scheurich. The organization designated him a “master professor” in 2008.