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Past Outstanding Female Mentor Awardees

2020 Outstanding Female Mentors

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Kristin Barron, Assistant Director, Child Development Center

Originally from Northeast Ohio and the shores of Lake Erie, Kristin Barron completed a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and master’s degree from Ohio University.  Her teaching experience includes public and private preschool programs along with many years of experience at Ohio University Child Development Center teaching and learning alongside preschool children and OHIO students.  Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education, Kristin is a strong believer in the capabilities of young children supported by thinking, reflecting, intentional teachers.  Also guided by research and a value on nature, place-based education, and sustainability, Kristin works to bring this perspective to current and future teachers as the Assistant Director of the Child Development Center.   A resident of Athens for over 15 years, Kristin and her family value local food and businesses as well as the outdoor environment that the area provides.    

Caroline M Kingori, Associate Professor, Social and Public Health, College of Health Sciences 

Profile of Kingori

Caroline Kingori, Ph.D., MPH, CHES is an Associate Professor of Community and Public Health and the Master of Public Health Program Coordinator in the Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University. She most recently served as Interim-Director of the African Studies Program at Ohio University. She is also the team lead for the OHIO Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative, where she iscommitted to training students and supporting junior faculty in theirresearch endeavors. Dr. Kingori received her BSc (Psychology) and MPH (General Public Health) from Morgan State University and her Ph.D. (Health Behavior) from Indiana University-Bloomington. Dr. Kingori has taught at both theundergraduate and graduate levels at Morgan State University, Indiana University and Ohio University. Her research interests are driven by the need to address reproductive and sexual health issues, particularly the HIV/AIDS epidemic at the international, national and local contexts. Dr. Kingori has also been active in the American Public Health Association (APHA) where she has held various positions: Governing Council member (International Health Section), a Section Councilor (HIV/AIDS Section), Program Co-Chair and Social/Awards Chair (HIV/AIDS Section) and Governing Council Whip (International Health Section).

2019 Outstanding Female Mentors

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Jenny Chabot, PhD, CCLS, Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies/Child Life

Dr. Jenny Chabot is an Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies at Ohio University, beginning on faculty in 1998. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist, completing her clinical training with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Chabot is the Coordinator of Child and Family Studies and oversees the child life specialist graduate program at Ohio University. Dr. Chabot studies ambiguous loss found in the hospitalization experience for patients and families and explores the role emotion work plays in child life work. She is a three-time recipient of the University Professor Award, a two-time recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award, a 2016 winner of her college’s Advising and Mentoring Award, and two-time recipient of her college’s Outstanding Teaching Award, most recently in 2017. She was chosen as the Fall Semester 2016 Commencement Speaker and recently received Ohio University’s Best Professor Award from the Athens News annual “Best Of” edition. Dr. Chabot received her PhD from Michigan State University and is an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals, currently serving on the Professional Resources Committee. During Spring Semester 2016, Dr. Chabot completed a Fulbright Teaching Scholar Award with the Child Life Studies department at McMaster University in Canada.

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Christine A. Gidycz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Christine A. Gidycz, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and the director of the Laboratory for the Study and Prevention of Sexual Assault. She has been a member of the faculty at Ohio University for 31 years and has been committed to mentoring students since she began her tenure at this institution.  In terms of formal mentoring, Dr. Gidycz has advised 36 doctoral students, chaired 18 undergraduate honor’s theses, and mentored hundreds of undergraduate students.  She has published over 100 articles and book chapters (the majority of them with students) addressing sexual assault issues and recently co-edited the book, Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance, with her former doctoral student, Dr. Lindsay Orchowski. Her work has been funded by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Gidycz’s students, in addition to publishing numerous articles, have presented at the Ohio Psychological Association, national and international conferences, and have been frequent presenters and award winners at Ohio University’s Research and Creative Activity Fair.  She attempts to model for her students the importance of social service, and like Dr. Gidycz, many of her students have been active on our campus in important community-service roles.

2018 Outstanding Female Mentors


Elizabeth Edna Wangui, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Wangui is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Ohio University.  She earned her PhD in Geography from Michigan State University in 2004, MSc in Eremology from Ghent University, Belgium and a B.Ed (Sc) from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.  Dr. Wangui also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing from the National Institute of Space Research in Brazil. Dr. Wangui’s research examines the gendered dimensions of rural development and rural livelihood change, environmental conservation, and climate change adaptation. Her current research examines gendered dynamics of a large payment for ecosystems services project in the Upper Tana watershed in Central Kenya.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Canadian International Development and Research Council, and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development.  She has published widely in academic journals, including Ambio, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Climate and Development, Agriculture and Human Values, Qualitative Health Research, Human Ecology, Field Methods, African Geographical Review, Journal of Alpine Research and Geoforum. 


Shelley Delaney, Professor of Theater

Shelley Delaney heads the Performance Program at The Ohio University Division of Theater, and teaches acting on both the BFA and MFA levels. She is a founding member of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, and a proud member of the performing arts unions: Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. Shelley directs regularly on the OU main stage and has worked professionally as an actor and director all over the country. As a theater artist and educator, Shelley purposefully seeks out work that has political or social relevance and engages in a dialogue with the community.


2017 Outstanding Female Mentors


Jen Murphy

Jennifer Murphy serves as the Assistant Dean of Career Management and Student Success for the College of Business at Ohio University. Bringing more than 14 years of experience in higher education, specifically business career centers, Jennifer is a driven leader, motived to find creative, innovative solutions through data-driven best practices. In January 2015, Jennifer left American University in Washington D.C. and accepted a new role at the College of Business. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she built the Office of Career Management and restructured the current Office of Student Services to improve processes to deliver efficient customer service so students feel supported in their academic and career journey. Jennifer developed the strategy for the new career management initiative for the College and currently oversees a staff of 14 professionals and 15 graduate and undergraduate student employees. Jennifer finds satisfaction in creating collaborative spaces for her high-performing team members to thrive, experiment, fail, and learn. Jennifer has presented at many national conferences and has earned a BA in Communications from Purdue University and a MS in Counseling from Shippensburg University.


Alison R. Moore, M.B.A.

Alison Moore is the Coordinator of Multicultural Retention Services in the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) at Ohio University, and is primarily responsible for the coordination of LINKS; a highly successful retention and support program for first year multicultural students. Alison earned an M.B.A. from Lake Erie College, and a B.G.S. from Kent State University. For the last 19 years, she has worked in higher education at colleges and universities in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Nebraska. She has extensive experience in the areas of enrollment management, academic advising, academic support, and retention, and has previously served as an Adjunct Instructor of Business, and Business Law. As a first generation college student, Alison is a strong student advocate, who has dedicated her career to working with historically under-represented students in higher education. In her free time, Alison enjoys traveling, college baseball, and spending time with her family.