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OWIMS 2016 Mentor of the Year Award Recipient: Dwayne Godwin, PhD

This prestigious award was established in 2006 to recognize the contributions of a mentor to professional development of women faculty.  

The award will be handed out at the Women’s Achievement  and Mentoring Award Social on November 30th.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Godwin!  

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Dwayne W. Godwin, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate School, Graduate Education

Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomy

Joint Appointments in Neurology, Physiology & Pharmacology, and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Member of Office of Women in Medicine and Science


Leadership & Mentoring accomplishments include:  

Leadership –
  • Assistant Dean (2008-2010), Associate Dean (2010-2012), and Dean of the Graduate School (2013-present)
  • Charter Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (2008-2010)
  • co-originator and current Director of the PhD/MBA program (1999-Present)
  • Chair, Biomedical Sciences Committee (2001-Present)
  • Chair, Translation Science Education Coordinating Committee
  • President Western North Carolina Society for Neuroscience (2009)
  • Scientific Director Magnetoencephalography (2010-Present)
  • T32 co-director (NINDS) (1998-Present)
  • T32 faculty advisor (NIAAA)

Mentoring –

  • Served as Mentor, Advisory and Supervisor to over 30 students (MD, MD/PhD, PhD and high school).
  • Served on 20 thesis committees (9 as chair)
  • Mentor in the OWIMS Women Junior Faculty Mentoring Program since 2007 and the JUMP program

Dr. Godwin’s Mentees had this to say about him:

  • Dr. Godwin is an excellent listener.  He always carefully and patiently listens to me.  He likes to use his own experiences to show me how to deal with different situations, which I find very helpful and constructive.  Thanks to his advice, I have made big progress in the past and will continue to benefit from his advice in the future.
  • I had the great pleasure of having Dwayne Godwin as my graduate mentor during my time at Wake Forest. Dwayne was so much more than simply an academic advisor, he was – and still is – my teacher, supporter, counselor, and strongest advocate.  On a personal level, Dwayne has been an outstanding listener, role model and coach.  He has taught me and shown me how to succeed in academics and in life and how to balance the two. For this, I am forever grateful.
  • I have personally known Dr. Godwin since 2004, when I joined the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy as a graduate student.  Even twelve years ago, Dr. Godwin stood out as an example of who we wanted to become. His dedication to the students and postdoctoral fellows has been unparalleled. Dr. Godwin has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and effectiveness as a mentor not only to me, but also to many of my colleagues.  I am an international student, from a culture where family is the most important thing in your life. I can undeniably say that Dr. Godwin was my big brother when I needed one to stand by me to fight a battle, my father when I needed advice through the tough times, my biggest fan when I did not believe in myself, my headhunter when I needed a job, my therapist when I needed to be listened to, and he is a role model that I am happy to call my friend.


Primary faculty duties: 

  • NIH-funded researcher
  • Educator
  • Dean of the Graduate School


Contact information for potential collaborators

          Phone:  336-716-4303

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