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Sandy Pensoneau-Conway Receives Mentoring Award

Dr. Pensoneau-ConwayDr. Sandy Pensoneau-Conway, Associate Professor & Interim Chair of Communication Studies, was selected as one of three 2019 Celebrate Women Faculty Mentoring Award winners.

The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who have specifically provided professional development support for junior faculty, A/P staff, Civil Service staff, and SIU students as a significant part of their service to the SIU Carbondale campus community.  Honorees have firmly supported female colleagues and the campus-wide cultivation of inclusive excellence by providing opportunities, training and/or encouragement to women when it was outside of their job requirements. 

Dr. Pensoneau-Conway has centered this type of service and mentorship during her academic career.  She recently co-facilitated two workshops at the Women’s Leadership Retreat, along with Communication Studies graduate student Lindy Wagner.  She has served as the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies RSO faculty advisor for the past two years, and was previously recognized for her mentorship by receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Black Men’s Initiative at SIUC.  She is currently a member of the Network Empowering Women, serves on the LGBTQ History Month Planning Committee, and is a cross-listed faculty member with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, all at SIUC.  She is also a board member and volunteer with Rainbow Café, an LGBTQ youth program based in Carbondale.

Dr. Pensoneau-Conway’s mentorship and guidance are demonstrated through those students who nominated her:

  • "I revel in any opportunity to work closely with Sandy because I know I will come out of that experience a better, more well-rounded person and academic. Working with Sandy has taught me patience, organization skills, leadership skills, professionalism, and compassion."Anna Wilcoxen, graduate student, SIU Communication Studies
  • "Because of her mentorship, I have become a better mentor to women and queer youth in my life. While Sandy has mentored many women herself, through me and others she has been integral in the mentorship of so many other women in the area, and beyond."O.J. Duncan, graduate student, SIU Communication Studies
  • "I have witnessed Sandy consistently go above and beyond for those around her, always leading with compassion, generosity, and grace. I am confident other students who have encountered Sandy in the classroom, around campus, or in the community would share that experience." – Shelby Swafford, graduate student, SIU Communication Studies
  • "She demonstrates how leadership can be thoughtful and inclusive while still accomplishing the everyday tasks expected of someone running a large and successful department."Lindy Wagner, graduate student, SIU Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies congratulates Dr. Pensoneau-Conway on this recognition.