About the Award
The Award for Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education recognizes graduate and professional teachers for excellence in instruction; involvement of students in research and/or artistic activities, scholarship, and professional development; development of instructional programs; and advising and mentoring of students.
Alexander Rothman received this award at the Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony on April 17, 2018.
Each year, the Alumni Association is proud to join the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in supporting the Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize the outstanding work of U of M educators. Recipients of the awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
About Alexander Rothman
- Department of Psychology
- College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Mentoring matters a lot to Alexander Rothman—so much that he met regularly with students even through five years as a CLA associate dean.
His devotion pays off. Rothman has watched his graduate students reap numerous honors, including two NSF graduate fellowships and a Fulbright scholarship. He has placed them all squarely on the road to successful careers in academia, government, think tanks, consulting firms, and other areas.
“Alex’s enthusiasm for science is contagious and single-handedly determined my choice of graduate school,” says a former advisee. “He focused on the excitement of creating knowledge and answering big questions, rather than funding and publication counts.”
Rothman has taught a wide range of courses for graduate students in social psychology and developed the program’s core seminar on research methodology. He brought about changes that led to better stipend packages and a broader choice of degree programs for CLA graduate students. He also helped revise the core curriculum and written preliminary exam in social psychology and led an expansion of CLA’s support for graduate students from underrepresented groups. And for graduate students nationally, he co-developed and led the National Cancer Institute’s Advanced Training Program on Health Behavior Theory for early-career investigators.
Says one recent graduate, “It is abundantly clear that Alex wants his students to succeed, and he does everything he can to help them do so.”
“While mentoring graduate students, I strive to develop a suite of skills that will enrich the quality of their work, regardless of the topic they are pursuing.”
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