Paul Westerhoff is one of three Arizona State University faculty members named as Outstanding Doctoral Mentors for 2015.

Westerhoff is a professor in the civil, environmental and sustainable engineering program in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He serves on the faculty of the School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

Professor Paul Westerhoff.

Professor Paul Westerhoff.

The Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award recognizes those who guide and support students pursuing doctoral degrees in gaining the skills, expertise and professionalism to be successful in their careers, and instilling them with high values and a desire to excel.

In a letter announcing Westerhoff’s selection, Andrew Webber, interim dean of Graduate Education, cited letters from previous doctoral students mentored by Westerhoff who strongly supported bestowing him with the honor.

Westerhoff’s performance as a mentor has reflected high standards and commitment to doctoral education and professional preparation of students, Webber wrote.

Winners of the award are chosen based on a demonstrated record of excellence in graduate teaching, chairing doctoral committees with timely completion rates, and fostering student professional development through students’ publications, external grant funding and conference presentations, among other academic and research achievements.

They are also recognized for commitment to mentoring students from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, those with disabilities, underrepresented minorities, international students and women, and for attracting doctoral students to ASU through active recruitment and their own academic and scholarly reputations.

The Outstanding Doctoral Mentor honorees were recognized at a reception presented by Graduate Education on Nov. 4.

Each award recipient received $3,000 to use in support of professional activities.

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