Dr. Gamze Ozogul, Assistant Professor in the Instructional Systems Technology Department within the School of Education, received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor/Advocate award at the 6th annual CEW&T Summit on March 1.
The Outstanding Faculty Mentor/Advocate Award is given to a faculty at IUB who serves as a mentor, sponsor, or advocate who motivates and encourages women students at IU-Bloomington. The winner is chosen based on nominations submitted by students and colleagues.
Dr. Ozogul received many nominations detailing her caring and helpful nature.
“Dr. Ozogul truly sets herself apart as a mentor,” wrote one nominator. For as long as I have known her, Dr. Ozogul has shown a sincere, deep compassion for other students. Not just students that she mentors, not just students in our program, but all students that she interacts with. Dr. Ozogul truly cares about who you are as a person, and how you are doing. She will go out of her way to support you in any way that she can. Just last week, my car broke down, and without hesitation Dr. Ozogul offered her car to me if it could be of any help. This is just one of countless examples of how Dr. Ozogul is willing to care for and support her students, both professionally and personally. I say this without hesitation: I would not be the scholar, or person, that I am today without the lessons I have learned along the way from Dr. Ozogul. I am grateful to call her my mentor, and I am even more grateful to call her my friend”.
Another nominator had this to say about Dr. Ozogul: “I find myself constantly transferring skills that I acquired in Dr. Ozoguls course and research group to the other courses and research projects in which I am involved. Through Dr. Ozoguls constructive feedback, support, and words of encouragement, I always feel empowered I confident that all knowledge and skills that I have gained will be taken with me far into my career. Thus, I find Dr. Ozogul not only as an outstanding professor and researcher, but an inspiring mentor. Dr. Ozogul’s integrity, rigor and willingness to go the extra mile are truly impactful and motivating, and this award will recognize Dr. Ozogul's integrity, rigor and willingness to go the extra mile that make a significant impact on the academic and professional student success."
A third nominator wrote: “Dr. Ozogul has supported me, encouraged me and pushed me which have all made me a better student and scholar. She has treated me with respect, encouraged me to get involved and has sent numerous resources and tips my way. I am honored to have her as a mentor, advisor and friend and I believe she is very deserving of this award.”
“I am very honored to be nominated by my students,” Ozogul said. “I am very fortunate to work closely on a daily basis with these amazing students, and get to know them and mentor them during their journey at IU.”
The award is the second faculty mentor award Ozogul has been recently given.
“I mentor my students through setting high expectations, supporting them through those expectations, providing active listening, and being available to them. It is very special to be recognized by them,” Ozogul said. My hope for my students is to transcend our mentee-mentor experiences to their own students, colleagues, and to who all they interact with in various areas of life and all around the world.”