Editor's Note: This story is adapted from the orginal posted in the School of Psychology on April 1, 2019.
School of Psychology Professor Randy Engle is the recipient of the 2019 Mentor Award of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA).
According to SEPA President Michael J. Beran, "Dr. Engle is a shining example of what an excellent mentor should be...." According to Beran, Engle showed "exceptional, career-long commitment to mentoring," noting 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."
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 relationship that brings younger professionals or students into contact with experienced faculty members or other professional psychologists 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