Spring 2007

Carolina Women’s Leadership Council presents second annual faculty mentoring awards


Above, Janna Dieckmann; below, Andrew Reynolds (photos by KPO Photo)

The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council handed out its second annual mentoring awards to professors Janna Dieckmann and Andrew Reynolds. The awards were presented in February during the council’s annual meeting at the Carolina Inn.

Dieckmann, an assistant professor of nursing, received the council’s faculty-to-faculty mentoring award. Reynolds, an associate professor of political science, received the faculty-to-student award.

The awards, which carry a stipend of $5,000 each, are funded by an endowment established by the council, a volunteer committee that is a part of the Carolina First Campaign. Council members have raised $240,000 to endow the awards in an effort to bolster faculty support, a key goal of Carolina First. They recognize outstanding faculty members who go the extra mile to guide, mentor and lead students or junior faculty members as they make career decisions, embark on research challenges and enrich their lives through public service, teaching and educational opportunities.

Both Dieckmann and Reynolds received numerous nominations. One nominator said Dieckmann radiates a passion for teaching. “She truly believes that one of the most important missions of a university is to meet the needs and expectations of students with the most current and effective teaching methods available,” the nominator wrote. “She is curious, and she encourages others to be curious. She is imaginative and she encourages others to be imaginative. And she is a problem solver and she encourages finding real and lasting solutions to problems.”

One of Reynolds’ nominators expressed appreciation for his listening skills.

“Professor Reynolds always listened to my ideas—no matter how eccentric—because he recognized that my imagination was more important to the development of this project than knowledge; that would come later through research,” the nominator wrote.

The leadership council is a nationwide network of women committed to supporting the University and students’ educational experiences. Along with providing financial support, members volunteer their time and share their expertise, champion UNC in their regions and serve on boards that further the University’s mission.