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Associate Dean Flanagan Receives Slesinger Award

Connie Flanagan honored for excellence in mentoring

Congratulations to SoHE’s Associate Dean and Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community, Connie Flanagan, who has received the 2017-2018 Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This award is given each year to a member of the UW-Madison academic community who has demonstrated exceptional mentoring to women faculty.

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Faculty members L-R: Dilworth-Bart, Flanagan, Kirkorian, Jasper, Papp celebrate at 2017 WFMP Awards Ceremony

Connie’s far-reaching, exponentially increasing ability to nurture promising scholars and early-career professors at SoHE is just one area that made her a stand-out candidates for this award. Connie has lead SoHE’s transformative “train the trainer” approach in order to foster a true culture of mentorship. The widespread effect of her leadership has impacted many individuals including graduate students, and the SoHE community as a whole.

Connie joined the UW-Madison and SoHE community in 2010. Since then, she has achieved numerous accomplishments. She began her role as associate dean in 2014, one year after publishing the book Teenage Citizens: The political theories of the young, which won the Best Authored Book award from the Society for Research on Adolescence. She has also been honored with a Fulbright research award, a resident fellowship from the Spencer Foundation, and distinguished research awards from the American Orthopsychiatric Association and Tufts University.

As a colleague noted, “Connie has been instrumental in my development as a junior faculty member, and were it not for her support, I would not be so well-positioned to succeed.”

The Women Faculty Mentoring Program was founded by

Robin Douthitt
Robin Douthitt

SoHE Dean Emerita Robin A. Douthitt in 1989 when she was an assistant professor. For close to 30 years the program has provided a network of professional connections to support women faculty at UW-Madison.




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