Dr. Donna Harrington PhD Fellowship Endowment

Harrington Fellowship Endowment A Project of PhD Support

About Donna and the Harrington Fellowship

The Donna Harrington PhD Fellowship recognizes the outstanding leadership and mentorship of Donna Harrington. Donna has taught in the PhD program for three decades and led the PhD program as the School's Associate Dean for the PhD and Post-Doc program for more than a decade. She has served on more than 50 PhD dissertations (chairing 35) and participated in supporting students and faculty on countless more. In addition to her outstanding contributions to the PhD program, she also led many search committees and served as Chair of the Appointment Promotion and Tenure Committee—in all of these ways, advancing the success of faculty and of the School. She has also served the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she accepted and accomplished leadership roles at all levels. In addition, Donna has worked to strengthen PhD education at the national level by leading the development of national quality guidelines for PhD programs. She received the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education's Mentorship Award in 2018.

Fellowship awards will be presented to students enrolled in the UM SSW PhD program, with selection by a committee comprised of 3 faculty members currently teaching in the PhD program. The awards will be intended to provide support for requests that promise the development of additional excellence among our PhD students.


Click here to read the Harrington nomination letter to the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) Award Subcommitee.


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Supported by 9 Donations:

  • Nick K.
  • Cheryl H.
    Congratulations Donna! How appropriate that this fellowship is established in your name.
  • Jodi F.
    In recognition of Dr. Harrington's commitment to doctoral education, research, and mentoring - she inspires me every single day!
  • Terry S.
    In recognition of a fantastic mentor, educator, academic, person.
  • Charlotte B.
    In recognition of and appreciation for everything Donna has done for the PhD program!
  • Sunday F.
    Sunday F. '09
    I Gave $500
    Dr. Harrington is an excellent mentor. Her diligence, dedication, and leadership in the doctoral program is commendable. She'll always be celebrated!!
  • Kimberly  v.
    Dr. Harrington is an amazing educator and mentor. Her support and guidance were a blessing while I was in the PhD program. With much appreciation!!!
  • Michael R.
    In recognition of Dr. Harrington's outstanding leadership of the Ph.D. program.
  • Richard B.
    I Gave $5,000
    With deep appreciation to a brilliant, warm, fun, & dedicated scholar who makes me proud to be an academic & changed my life in a broad array of ways