Dr. Hope Richardson Memorial Dissertation Award

The 2019-2020 International Mentoring Association’s Hope Richardson Dissertation Award recipient is Dr. Laura Johnson-Hurcula. The award was bestowed upon Dr. Hercula during the International Mentoring Association’s Conference from March 11-12, 2019 in Gainesville, FL.

Every two years the International Mentoring Association recognizes outstanding research in the field of mentoring. This is the association’s preeminent research award and recognizes innovative and exceptional contributions to the field of mentoring. This award, presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation, is given to foster and disseminate research in the practice of workplace learning and performance.

Dr. Laura Johnson-Hercula Recently completed her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2018). Dr. Hercula also holds a BA in Economics from Whitman College (1996) and MA in Mathematics from the University of West Florida (2003). She is currently a mathematics instructor and lead mentor for a faculty mentoring program at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Her experiences as lead faculty mentor became the inspiration for her dissertation and provided an opportunity for her to explore the impact that serving as a mentor has on faculty classroom instruction. Association, Dr. Nancy Phenis-Bourke.

"Dear IMA, I am extremely honored to have receive the Dr. Hope Richardson Memorial Dissertation Award. I am also grateful that you provided me with the opportunity to attend the IMA conference at the University of Florida. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. The opportunity to network was priceless and I came away with numerous ideas about how to improve the faculty mentoring program that I am involved with. My favorite part about the experience was the rare opportunity to be surrounded by people who all believe in the power of mentoring and share a passion for it. I was also impressed by how professional and welcoming the IMA board members were. IMA is an organization that I excited to be a part of. Thank you again for the award and I look forward to the next conference."

Laura J. Hercula