Crouch Recognized by Graduate Program
Stephanie W. Crouch, graduate coordinator in the College of Pharmacy, was named recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award at the Graduate School Awards Reception on April 17.
The award recognizes a graduate coordinator for distinguished service in support of the graduate adviser and other faculty in the administration of a graduate program. The recognition includes a $3,000 award.
Crouch has served as graduate coordinator for the college since 2010. "Stephanie has been a graduate coordinator at UT for a number of years, but we were able to recruit her to our college in the summer of 2010, making her eligible for this award in our college for the first time," said Carlton K. Erickson, associate dean for research and graduate studies within the college. She previously served as graduate coordinator in the departments of astronomy (2003-2007) and radio-television-film (2007-2010).
She exhibits a love for students and a keen knowledge of Graduate School staff procedures, possesses an extensive knowledge of UT history, and is willing to help wherever needed, Erickson said. "She is uncanny in her common sense, attention to detail, and her incredible knowledge of student needs," he continued.
Stephanie has collaborated with former college programmer Mary Kay Tiernan in developing a database that follows the graduate students' progress, while making pieces of this information available to others in the college according to their need. This project is in its final testing phase and once introduced it should lead to more student satisfaction and maybe shorter time to graduation in some cases.
Crouch said she especially enjoys working one-on-one with students. "I work with, and coach, our international students to help them with their English," she said. "My language coaching often starts because they are preparing for the ITA exam, but we continue on even after they have passed the test. I love talking to my students and finding out what they consider valuable, and what their goals are."