Laurie Hoffman-Goetz - Public Health and Health Systems

Dr. Laurie Hoffman-Goetz’s research spans the basic (immunology) and applied sciences (health communication). Her trans-disciplinary expertise is reflected by her success in receiving grant funding from all three Tri-Agencies. Equally exemplary are her service contributions, in both community and academic settings, including serving as Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Hoffman-Goetz has supervised more than 30 graduate students. Her extensive publication list includes more than 100 journal articles co-authored by graduate students, with the majority first-authored by them. Students note that her efforts to involve them in research, teaching and service opportunities allow them to “hit the ground running” after graduation and give them a competitive advantage in the job market. Her commitment continues after graduation: former students refer to her as a life-long mentor and praise the lasting impact she has had on their careers, including their own supervision of graduate students.

Students praise her “personal warmth and kindness”, “commitment to student welfare, her willingness to provide guidance on both academic and non-academic matters, and her commitment to go above and beyond the call of duty to inspire and motivate others to achieve their career goals.” They note that she is “deeply committed to her students’ research, life-long learning, and well-being.”

Dr. Hoffman-Goetz’s dedication to her graduate students demonstrates the qualities recognized in the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision. Her students themselves have hopes of “guiding graduate students with the same professionalism, passion and dedication that Dr. Hoffman-Goetz has demonstrated.”

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision winners