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UI's Hood receives national award as graduate student mentor

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Albert B. Hood, a professor of counselor education at the University of Iowa College of Education for 30 years, has received an award for his work as a graduate faculty member from a national organization in post-secondary student development.

Hood, who joined the UI faculty in 1965, received the 1997 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member from the National Association of School Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

The award was presented March 22 at the joint convention of NASPA and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in Chicago.

The Shaffer Award is presented to a graduate faculty member "who is integrally involved in teaching and research in graduate programs in student affairs, and whose career has been distinguished by scholarly achievement and inspirational teaching and advising."

Hood was cited for his influence on his students, many of whom are now prominent scholars in the field of post-secondary student development.

In nominating him, one former student said, "Not only has Al Hood influenced our understanding of student development in the post-secondary years through his teaching and scholarship, he has spawned a number of active scholars and student life administrators whose contributions reflect the high standards of the Hood tradition."

The award is named after a long-time Indiana University professor.