As a University of Maryland School of Social Work professor, Donna Harrington, PhD, was a leader in doctoral education and especially known for being an exemplary mentor of doctoral students. For this reason, the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) board of directors has voted to name the GADE Award for Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students in her memory.
Mentorship was not only what Harrington did, but also who she was as a person, and she won the 2018 GADE Award for Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students in January. Harrington passed away in April after a long illness.
Harrington also was a leader in GADE. She served on the GADE board from 2013 to ’16, functioning as treasurer from 2014 to ’16. In addition, she was one of the principal editors of the GADE Quality Guidelines for PhD programs.
Harrington, who named the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Teacher of the Year in 2009, served as associate dean for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Education at the School of Social Work, where she mentored numerous PhD students. She chaired more than 30 dissertations during her career. Emblematic of her mentorship, Harrington made a quilt for each of those students, and she chose to spend the last days of her life working with and mentoring her students.