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English Professor Wins Inaugural Faculty Mentor Award

Sandy McBride, assistant professor of English and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, has been honored with NWU's inaugural "Faculty Mentor of the Year" award.
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Sandy McBride, assistant professor of English and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, has been honored with NWU's inaugural "Faculty Mentor of the Year" award. “Sandy understands that the impact of her mentoring spreads beyond any single faculty member to benefit the students and other faculty,” said one nominator.

A Nebraska Wesleyan University English professor and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities has been recognized by her peers for generously devoting time and energy to mentoring faculty.

In December, Sandy McBride was honored with the university’s inaugural Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. The award celebrates faculty who have helped other NWU faculty improve as teachers, colleagues and professionals.

“Sandy understands that the impact of her mentoring spreads beyond any single faculty member to benefit the students and other faculty,” said one nominator.

In her role as Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, McBride was celebrated for not only helping students learn how to advocate for themselves but for her work in helping faculty expand their awareness, understanding, and pedagogical repertoires as they work with students with a variety of disabilities.

The award also recognizes a professor for their work in mentoring faculty to improve teaching, foster professional growth and participate in meaningful service.

“Sandy’s style of working across disciplines and facilitating idea sharing between senior and junior faculty is exactly the kind of connectedness we enshrined in the Archway Curriculum,” said another nominee. “When I experience a sense of belonging, I know that is her influence on my life at NWU.”