Dyan Mazurana receives Fletcher teaching award

The Fletcher School Student Council selected Dyan Mazurana for the Jame L. Paddock Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring students. She received the award at commencement on May 21, 2023.

In her faculty address, Dyan spoke to the work Fletcher faculty, graduates, and students partake in to promote gender and intersectionality, as well as why this work must be a cornerstone of global affairs.

“We have literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Fletcher graduates from the highest levels of the state to leading grassroots movements working towards gender equity for all genders and as such for more peaceful states,” she said. “The topics we study at Fletcher—and that our graduates leave to take on—are among the most difficult we face as a world. Being able to apply a gender and intersectional perspective helps us think and act smarter in facing these challenges.”

The award is named for James L. Paddock, a cherished member of the Fletcher community who died suddenly at the age of 49 in 1992. As a professor of international business relations and academic dean, he was a mainstay of the school. Jim Paddock was a superb teacher, who worked constantly to strengthen and improve teaching at Fletcher. After consultation with Jim’s wife, Ilga, the faculty established an annual award in his memory. The school can confer this award thanks to the generosity of Jim’s many friends, colleagues, and former students. The selection of the award recipient is determined by Fletcher students, the process for which is managed by the student council.