Jeffrey Kohler and Lee Kump

Faculty Mentoring Awards

This award was created to honor faculty members in the college for their outstanding work in mentoring students or junior faculty members. The recipient shall be honored with a recognition memento and a monetary award at the Wilson Awards Banquet held each spring.


The three main categories of contributions are as follows:

  • faculty members mentoring undergraduate or graduate students
  • senior faculty members mentoring junior faculty members
  • faculty members assisting under-represented students 

Nomination Procedure

Annually in September, the dean invites nominations for the Faculty Mentoring Award from each department and institute. Reminders are sent in December.

Each department and institute may submit one nomination (submitted by the head or director) and the nomination packet should include

  • a letter from a department head or institute director that describes in sufficient detail the contribution by the faculty member as it relates to one of the categories noted above in the Focus description.
  • a recent color high-resolution portrait photograph in jpeg format

The nomination materials should be submitted electronically to Diane Ault ( no later than February 15


Members of the college faculty, as defined by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Constitution, are eligible.

Selection Procedure

Beginning with the 2009–10 academic year, one recipient for the college shall be selected by the dean.

Past Recipients

  • 2019: Jeffrey L. Kohler
  • 2018: Johannes Verlinde
  • 2017: Andrew Carleton and Michael Hickner
  • 2016: Lorraine Dowler
  • 2015: Eugene Clothiaux
  • 2014: Venkatraman Gopalan
  • 2013: Joan M. Redwing
  • 2012: Sarma Pisupati
  • 2011: Zi-Kui Liu
  • 2010: R. Larry Grayson
  • 2009: Elizabeth Bailey, Turgay Ertekin, Deryck Holdsworth, Jennifer Macalady, Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Anne Thompson
  • 2008: James Kubicki, Derek Elsworth, Brenton Yarnal, Katherine Freeman, James Runt, Lee Grenci
  • 2007: M. Thaddeus Ityokkumbul, James Detwiler, Timothy White, Andrew Kleit, Andre Boehman, Denice Wardrop, Richard Alley, Paul Howell, Dennis Thomson
  • 2006: Douglas Miller, Todd Bacastow, Chunshan Song, Melissa Wright, Peter Heaney, David Green, Jerry Harrington
  • 2005: Myron McClure, Ann Taylor Luck, Lisa Brown, Mark Klima, Caroline Burgess Clifford, Mark Ga-hegan, Lee Kump, Paul Painter, George Young
  • 2004: Elizabeth King, Douglas Miller, Phillip Halleck, Sharon Miller, Brenton Yarnal, Susan Brantley, Allen Kimel, Eugene Clothiaux
  • 2003: Glenn Johnson, David Pollard, Robert Watson, Gareth Mitchell, Lorraine Dowler, Tanya Furman, John Hellmann, Hampton Shirer

2019 Faculty Mentoring Award

Jeffrey Kohler
Jeffrey Kohler
Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering

View 2019 Program