Kate Hevner Mueller Award
The Kate Hevner Mueller Outstanding Senior Awards are established this year to honor IU seniors who have proven leadership on campus both inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Mueller’s belief was that a university should promote the intellect, develop the personality, and teach citizenship as well as leadership to all students. She said this is accomplished through excellence in scholarship, research, and the milieu of co-curricular activities.
She served Indiana University from 1937 - 1969 as Dean of Women, Senior Counselor for Women and Professor of Education. As a faculty member she developed and implemented course work to train professionals to work with students in co-curricular programs. Dr. Mueller was a national pioneer for women professionals and developed the Master’s Program in College Student Personnel (Higher Education and Student Affairs) at Indiana University in the early 1950s.
As a faculty member who had first been an administrator she was able to blend theory and practice in her teachings. This concept is a hallmark of the training for professionals in student affairs work today. Dr. Mueller trained generations of student affairs administrators teaching them that student affairs is “more of an art than a science.” Her publications span the disciplines of psychology, music and student personnel. Her two seminal works are still cited today: Educating Women for a Changing World and Student Personnel Work in Higher Education. This award recognizes students who have left the campus better than they found it by helping other students: learn more about themselves, each other and the world outside of the classroom so they could be successful inside the classroom.