Dr. Mary Murphy wins the Women’s Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Murphy, who was recently awarded the Women’s Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award! This designates Dr. Murphy as one of  Montana State University’s top faculty members in 2017.


Below is an excerpt from MSU News Service about this prestigious honor:

“Mary Murphy, professor of history, has won the Women’s Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award recognizing extraordinary efforts in mentoring junior women faculty in the university and contributing substantially to the career development of one or more women faculty members. The award comes with a $2,000 honorarium.

Murphy is known as a conscientious mentor who is dedicated to improving the quality of the work lives of all women faculty in her department. Colleagues say they can go to Murphy for virtually any type of question or concern. They also say Murphy encourages them to speak up, to seek promotions and awards, to believe in their own potential, and to identify a set of tools and a roadmap for pursuing that potential.

Among other things, Murphy has advocated for and supported her female colleagues’ nominations for teaching and research awards; provided feedback on grant applications; and intentionally provided leadership opportunities for junior women faculty. In addition, colleagues say Murphy has gone out of her way in her position as chair of the promotion and tenure committee in her department to make junior faculty feel well-equipped for the tenure process.

In short, Murphy’s colleagues conclude, Murphy demonstrates great depth and breadth as a mentor, and she has had a “transformative” impact on the wellbeing of women faculty.”


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