Each year, the graduate school recognizes the important work faculty members do in recruiting talented graduate students. Nominees for the Excellence in Graduate Recruiting Award must be enrolled in the Graduate Enrollment Management Plan. This award (otherwise known as the GEMMY award), is dedicated to recognizing the outstanding work of faculty members who are using innovative strategies in recruiting students.
The finalists included: Dr. Ruby Cain from the Department of Educational Studies, Dr. Ashley Donnelly from the Department of Telecommunications, Dr. Larry Judge from School of Kinesiology, Dr. Linda Martin from the Department of Elementary Education, Dr. Megumi Hamada from the Department of English, Dr. Jennifer Palilonis from the Department of Journalism, Dr. Chip Taylor from the Department of Political Science.
At Ball State University’s annual Graduate School Recognition Ceremony, the Graduate School honored Dr. Linda Martin from the Department of Elementary Education for her success in graduate recruiting and her commitment to graduate education and helping graduate students.
Dr. Linda Martin was extremely successful in recruiting graduate students. During her time as Director of Graduate Programs starting in 2014, graduate enrollment increased each year. From fall 2016 to fall 2017, graduate applications increased from 109 to 225. During the same period, enrollment grew from 117 to 172, an over 30% increase in just one year.
The personal contact with prospective students is vital to successful recruiting. “Dr. Martin’s success in graduate enrollment is due in large part to her dedication to responding quickly to student inquiries,” said Dr. Patricia Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Elementary Education. “From initial questions about our graduate programs, to course planning, to issues that arise as students progress through the program, Dr. Martin responds quickly, thoroughly, and with a genuine concern for the students.”
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Martin for winning the 2017-2018 Excellence in Recruiting Award for your success and dedication to recruiting graduate students.