Graduate College Honors Outstanding Mentor and Master’s Thesis Winners

Caitlin Leahy | January 15, 2019

Texas State’s Graduate College selected the recipients of the 2018–2019 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award and the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award. 

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon, Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, is the recipient of The Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award.  This award recognizes a faculty member who has had extraordinary success in mentoring graduate students. 

Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research centers on teaching and learning of adults, with a focus on adult learners in higher education, adults with disabilities, and issues of diversity and equity in adult higher education and continuing professional education. She has received the Marlowe Froke Outstanding Publication Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education and the research award from the University Continuing Education Association. She serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education Series and as a Co-Editor of Adult Education Quarterly.

Ramin Sabbagh, who earned his master’s degree in Technology Management, is the recipient of The Graduate College’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering.  His thesis, “Semantic Text Analytics Technique for Classification of Manufacturing Suppliers,” was directed by Dr. Farhad Ameri, Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology. This research presents a method for manufacturing capability analysis and modeling through implementation of different supervised and unsupervised text mining methods using unstructured text in suppliers’ website as the input. 

As the winners of these competitions, Dr. Ross-Gordon and Ramin Sabbagh will be recognized at The Graduate College’s award ceremony next April. The Graduate College has also entered them into the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ respective competitions.

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon
Ramin Sabbagh

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922