School of Psychology Professor Randy Engle wins SEPA 2019 Mentor Award

Dr. Randy Engle honored by the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) with the 2019 Mentor Award.  From the SEPA President, Michael J. Beran "Dr. Engle is a shining example of what an excellent mentor should be, and we are very pleased to recognize him as the 2019 Mentor Award winner for the Southeastern Psychological Association." And "...showed the exceptional, career-long commitment to mentoring that is the focus of this award, and of that group of people, Dr. Engle was viewed as particularly worthy. The committee noted his strong commitment to student training from the moment he begins working with new students well through later stages of their own academic careers, when he continues to be supportive of their professional efforts, and as importantly, supportive of their lives. His letters of nomination and support were inspiring to read, and his qualifications in all areas of mentoring were outstanding."

SEPA recognizes the importance of mentoring relationships as vital to the development of psychology graduates and students at all levels. Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationshipthat brings younger professionals or students into contact with experienced faculty members or other professionalpsychologists who offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the knowledge, professional skills, competencies, and character of the younger person. In 2004, SEPA established a Mentor Award with the support of the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and presented the cash award for the first time. 


Past SEPA Mentor Award Winners:

2004 -Mike Rulon of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia

2005 -Wallace Kennedy of Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida2006 -Christopher Leone of University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

2007 -Stephen Nowicki of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 -Charles Brewer of Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

2009 -Sandra Willis of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

2010 -Susan Walch of University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida

2011 -Merry Sleigh -Ritzer of Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina

2012 -Tammy Lowery Zacchilli of Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida

2013 -Christian End of Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

2014 -Jennifer Hughes of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia

2015 -Larry Bates of University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama

2016 –Mary Utley of Drury University, Springfield, Missouri

2017 –James L. Pate, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

2018–Al Finch, The Citadel, Charleston, SC

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