Julie Hite, a professor in the McKay School’s Department of Educational Leadership & Foundations (EDLF), was recently selected for the 2011 Faculty Women’s Association Scholarship Award.
Hite, came to BYU 11 years ago after receiving her doctorate in Strategic Management from the University of Utah. She never expected that she would win the award for scholarship. “I was stunned and shocked because I am not one who makes a big deal about it,” Hite said. “I was surprised that anyone would nominate me. I did not even know people knew what research I was doing.”
Hite has published eight book chapters, twenty peer-reviewed journal articles, and four professional encyclopedia articles. Most recently she published a book chapter titled, “Strategic Co-opetition: Headteacher networking in Uganda’s secondary schools” in Social Network Theory and Educational Change, published by Harvard University Press. Hite has also presented papers in four highly competitive and blind peer-reviewed conferences, fifty-five papers in national and international professional conferences.
EDLF professor and School Leadership Program chair Pam Hallam nominated Hite for the award. Hallam said it was hard to decide which category to nominate Hite for because, “she epitomizes the best of the best in all four categories.”
Hallam, who joined the EDLF team more recently than Hite, considers Hite to be a mentor. “What is most impressive about Julie is that she takes the time to mentor other women faculty like myself in both the department and college, as well students through ORCA or other undergraduate research mentoring grants,” Hallam explained.
"I was surprised that anyone would nominate me. I did not even know people knew what research I was doing."
The Faculty Women’s Association was founded in 1993 to support the mission of BYU, to promote solidarity and a sense of community among its members, to improve the quality of professional life for faculty women on campus, and to increase awareness of and sensitivity to gender issues at BYU. Each year four faculty women receive awards representing four different areas of contribution: scholarship, creative works, teaching, and citizenship. The purpose of these awards is to recognize women who have made valuable contributions to the university, to their respective colleges and departments, and to the community, state, and beyond.
17 October 2011