Dr. Guitele Rahill recieves 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award

Dr. Guitele Rahill, USF School of Social Work Assistant Professor, will be awarded the William R. Jones 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award at the annual McKnight Doctorial Fellows Conference.

The conference will take place at theTampa Airport Marriott on Oct. 27, 2013.Rahill was nominated by Cherelle D. Carrington, a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Welfare of the College of Public Health at Florida International University, who Rahill is currently mentoring.

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program was established by the Florida Education Fund in 1984. It is responsible for addressing the underrepresentation of African-Americans who have obtained Ph.Ds. In recent years, the fellowship has extended support to Latinos, Asian-Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented groups.

The award is presented to faculty members who, through exceptional mentoring, have empowered McKnight Doctoral Fellows to successfully negotiate and complete their doctoral degree and to prepare for a successful career in academia.

Rahill has mentored many students at the master and doctoral levels. At the undergraduate level, she has used her teaching and mentoring skills to travel to Haiti with two social work students. In the summer of 2013, they delivered funds raised in conjunction with the USF Social Work Society, for the provision of shelter recovery to provide safe lodging for a young victim of sexual violence.

 “The William R. Jones Most Valuable Mentor Award means more to me than any research award that I have received because it recognizes that I have been successful in sharing what some of my most valuable mentors have imparted to me,” said Rahill. “These individuals taught me how to mentor not only effectively in an empowering fashion, but how to mentor sacrificially and joyfully.”