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Ronet Bachman honored for excellence in faculty mentoring

Ronet Bachman

​Ronet Bachman

Ronet Bachman, professor of sociology and criminal justice, has received a 2020-21 College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) award for excellence in faculty mentoring.

She was among nine faculty award recipients selected throughout the College in a variety of categories. CAS Dean John A. Pelesko recently surprised each of the honorees with an in-person or virtual visit during a class or event to announce and present the award.

Following are more details about Bachman and the tribute Pelesko offered.

Ronet Bachman has mentored colleagues in her department as well as graduates while they pursued their academic careers. Her work is described as “exemplary and longstanding,” showcasing her dedication, generosity of time and knowledge, and the ability to give constructive feedback, support and high levels of encouragement.

Colleagues have praised her help, encouragement and support, including her ability to “push you to pursue opportunities you did not think you could obtain” and her willingness to share advice, ideas and experiences while allowing mentees to confide in her. They said she has celebrated their personal and professional accomplishments, as well as comforting and consoling them during difficult times.

“Ronet has the rare gift of making people feel special, and I am ... so thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from her,” one colleague said. “Ronet has helped me become a better professor, researcher, chair and mother. ... I can think of no one who is more deserving of a mentoring award.”

Calling Bachman “my rock,” another faculty member noted that she is always accessible to those seeking advice, adding, “She has been exceptional in assisting me navigating the demands of professors, ranging from where to submit articles, what courses to take on and how best to work with students.”

Bachman said she takes mentorship seriously because “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the wonderful mentors in my own life.”

“I am also honored to be in a profession where I am constantly growing through my reciprocal learning experiences with students,” she said. “I learn so much from my students. When a student asks how they can thank me, I tell them to pay it forward like I have, and they do. It has been such a gift to get students in our graduate program who have actually been mentored as undergraduate by some of my former students. How amazing is that – a beautiful circle of learning!”

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About the awards

The honorees were selected by the college’s Faculty Awards Committee, chaired by John Jungck, professor of biological sciences, with members Richard Cunningham, professor of theatre; Jennifer Lobasz, associate professor of political science and international relations; and Brenda Shaffer, instructor in fashion and apparel studies.

To read more about all the award winners, see this article.

Article by College of Arts and Sciences communications staff

Published Oct. 29, 2021

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