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Dr. Joy Xin's Commitment to Teaching, Mentoring, and Research

Dr. Joy Xin is this year's recipient of the Gary Hunter Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award recognizes those who go to extraordinary lengths to mentor students.

As a MA program coordinator, Dr. Joy Xin not only teaches students, but also guides her students in their career development. Since 2010, she has presented with her students at the national conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a pre-eminent organization in the field of Special Education. Each year, 2-3 of Dr. Xin's students submit their proposals and are accepted to present at different conferences. Their attendance and presentation at these conferences provide opportunities to enrich their knowledge in the field, share and network with other professionals, and bring additional skills and strategies back to their school sites.

In addition, she works with her students to develop manuscripts for publication consideration. Dr. Xin believes students should not only learn necessary skills, but also expand their views and grow in their professional development. Both conferences and submissions for publications provide outstanding avenues for professional growth.

Dr. Joy Xin was recognized as a Teaching World fellow of Rutgers University Graduate School of Education for 2013-2014 academic year. During her fellowship, she is working with several faculty and has incorporated global content into course instruction. She has evaluated students' perspectives about dispositions and skills needed as a teacher in order to prepare their students to be world-minded.

Dr. Xin is mentoring several new faculty members in the Language, Literacy and Special Education department, paying forward the mentoring she received when she began her career at Rowan. Helping others to be successful is a commitment Dr. Xin takes seriously. Dr. Xin is the recipient of the 2014 Gary Hunter Excellence in Mentoring Award.