Hodge recognized for mentoring by women's leadership council

The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council has honored School of Medicine professor Clyde Hodge, along with Michael McFee, UNC professor of English, for being great mentors to students and colleagues. They were honored at an awards ceremony on April 26.

Hodge recognized for mentoring by women's leadership council click to enlarge Clyde W. Hodge, PhD

Hodge, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology in the School of Medicine and a member of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, received the faculty-to-faculty award.

The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, a volunteer committee formed during the Carolina First Campaign —a major fund-raising drive that ended in 2007 — sponsors the awards. The council remains engaged with the University, and members have raised more than $260,000 to endow the mentoring awards to support faculty.

The awards, which each carry a stipend of $5,000, recognize outstanding faculty members who make extra efforts to guide, mentor and lead students or junior faculty members as they make career decisions, embark on research challenges, and enrich their lives through public service, teaching and educational opportunities.

Hodge, an expert in animal models of alcoholism and alcohol neuropharmacology, joined UNC in 2001. Nominators called him the consummate mentor for those whom he officially mentors as well as those who seek him out.

“Whenever I ask for advice or counsel he responds,” a nominator wrote. “He has never put me off or delayed responding to e-mails. He has never failed to stop his work if I knocked on his door. Such a person is hard to find.”

Another nominator said Hodge was a role model who showed it is possible for a scientist to balance work and family life. “I remember being nervous about telling people at work when I was pregnant with my first child,” she wrote. “I came into Clyde’s office, sat down and told him the news. I will never forget what he said: ‘You just made my day!’”

Another described Hodge’s mentoring in numbers. “He has had 17 direct, multi-year engagements with in-lab mentoring and/or dissertation committees, eight postdoctoral students, and numerous junior (and not so junior!) faculty,” this nominator wrote. To read full story, click here.

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