Michelle Brown, Ph.D., program director, M.S. in Healthcare Simulation, is one of ten UAB faculty honored with the UAB Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award. She participated in a virtual reception September 9, 2020, where she received the award for exceptional work with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

UAB News featured all recipients in an article about mentoring. Each recipient had a different idea about mentoring. Some say it’s helping mentees find fulfillment in their work while others believe it’s helping them find their hidden potential. Here is what Brown had to say about mentoring:

Working Together

“Mentorship is about service with an emphasis on the mentee. It is a learning relationship, and in this relationship, we spend time together, cogitate on goals and co-create pathways of growth. It’s vital that the mentor helps stretch and shape this path and apex by asking questions that promote reflection in order to identify existing strengths, minimize barriers, share expertise and challenge the mentee to reach new heights.”

— Michelle Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Health Services Administration

The other 2020 awardees were Burel Goodin, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology; Joel Berry, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; April Carson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology; Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Computer Science; Rajeev Samant, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pathology; Susan Davies, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Behavior; Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Family, Community and Health Systems; Kelly Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; and Jerzy Szaflarski, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neurology.