Christopher Weible, PhD, receives University of Colorado Denver Graduate School Dean’s Doctoral Mentoring AwardKristine M. Sikora, PhD | Graduate School Jun 6, 2022
Denver, Colorado – Christopher Weible, PhD, Professor in the School of Public Affairs, Affiliated Faculty for the College of Architecture and Planning, and the Co-Founder and Co-Director for the Center for Policy and Democracy at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) is the recipient of the 2022 Dean's Doctoral Mentoring Award.
This award goes to CU Denver faculty who demonstrate a commitment to providing students with a one-on-one, high-quality training experience; maintain high standards of scholarship; and possess personal attributes that make the faculty member an effective role model for other mentors. Faculty are nominated by the doctoral students whom they mentored for at least one semester and with a significant amount of one-on-one interaction.
Dr. Weible was nominated by graduate students Allegra Fullerton, Kayla Gabehart, and Anna Crawford who wrote “not only does Dr. Weible provide us with high quality, supportive, and professional training as emerging public policy scholars, he does so with enthusiasm and care for our well-being as whole humans.” They highlight “Whether we came to SPA’s doctoral program through traditional or non-traditional paths, Dr. Weible is uninterested in forcing us into a particular mold. He is instead committed to building trust with his students, understanding our career goals, and teaching them the hidden curricula of academia for those who are on that path.”
Dr. Weible regularly engages and enjoys collaborating with students and communities in research projects, and his nominators tout how he continuously leverages his resources on their behalf, stating “He provides us with research opportunities to meet and network with scholars from other institutions and countries, trains us to lead research projects, secures funding and opportunities to travel, prepares us for conference presentations and networking, and co-authors papers with us.”
When asked what this award means to him, Dr. Weible responded “Working with doctoral students might be one of the most fulfilling parts of this job. Such an award nominated by students might be the highest honor I can imagine.”
2022 marks the 3rd year that Dr. Weible has earned the Doctoral Mentoring Award. Previous CU Denver award recipients are listed below.
2021: William Swann, PhD, Public Affairs
2020: Tanya Heikkila, PhD, Public Affairs; Courtney Donovan, PhD, Education and Human Development
2019: Krista Ranby, PhD, Clinical Health Psychology; Chris Weible, PhD, Public Affairs
2018: Stephanie Santorico, PhD, Applied Mathematics; Connie Fulmer, PhD, Education and Human Development
2017: Patrick Krueger, PhD, Health and Behavioral Sciences; Mary Guy, PhD, Public Affairs
2016: Michael Ferrera, PhD, Applied Mathematics; Charyl Matias, PhD, Education and Human Development; Christopher Yakacki, PhD, Engineering and Applied Science
2015: Mark Golkowski, PhD, Engineering and Applied Science; Tanya Heikkila, PhD, Public Affairs; Sara Yeatman, PhD, Health and Behavioral Sciences
2014: Debbi Main, PhD, Health and Behavioral Sciences; Kara Viesca, PhD, Education and Human Development; Chris Weible, PhD, Public Affairs
2013: Elizabeth Allen, PhD, Clinical Health Psychology; John Brett, PhD, Health and Behavioral Sciences; Danielle Varda, PhD, Public Affairs
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