Faculty Mentor Award

Announcing The 2020 Faculty Mentor Award (FMA)

 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Email GA Campus Affairs Vice President if you have questions about the 2019 FMA at cavp-cos@berkeley.edu.

Nominee Eligibility

Any member of the Academic Senate or teaching staff affiliated with a graduate degree-granting program (including professional programs) can be nominated for the award, so long as the nominee directs advanced degree work. Nominees can include lecturers with and without security of employment; assistant, associate, full professors, and emeriti. Individuals who have won an award in the last two years (2018 and 2019) are not eligible for the 2020 awards. Previous nominees who have not received the award may be re-nominated.  A nomination from a member of the selection committee or for an advisor to a member of the selection committee will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

The FMA recognizes distinction in mentoring and advising only.  Therefore, it is meant to recognize outstanding commitment to mentoring an advisee, and not the relationship between a faculty member and someone who was only their GSI.

The selection committee would like to know how the nominee has exceeded the standard role played by an adviser with respect to the three following criteria:

  1. To what extent has the nominee provided outstanding personal support/development (in any form)?
  2. To what extent has the nominee helped shape the graduate work of the nominator(s)?
  3. To what extent has the nominee helped the nominator(s) further their career?

The selection committee is interested in specific examples of extraordinary mentorship, but since the committee is composed of graduate students from a variety of disciplines, and interested only in identifying excellence in advising, we recommend that your letters not focus too much on research specifics.

Nomination Process

Each nominee must receive at least 3 nomination letters from three 3 individuals. One of the nominators must be a graduate student or recent graduate (May 2018 or later) who has directly benefited from some aspect of the candidate’s mentoring or advising. One of the three nominators will identify as the primary nominator. The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates or consist of jointly written letters.

Each nominator must submit their letter of nomination through this form.

The deadline to submit all three nomination letters is Friday, February 14th, 2020.

We highly recommend that you notify the faculty member that you are nominating. 


Previous Faculty Mentor Award Winners

2019 Winners

Marion Fourcade, Professor of Sociology.

“Marion challenged me to not tear down, but integrate the work of others, even those with whom I disagree. “Find what is true,” she said, “in what they have written and use it to build something of your own.” Her words marked a watershed, a moment of liberation, a release from the heavy burdens of academic entrenchment and intellectual polarization.”

Andrew F. Jones, Professor of East Asian Languages and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese.

“Andrew taught me how to be a scholar and a mentor, but more importantly, he taught me how to be a person. One day I saw him making photocopies for his class. Astonished, I asked him whether he had no GSI to help him do such trivial matters. He answered, “GSIs have more important things to do.””

Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics.

“Professor Obasogie’s mentorship does not compartmentalize my intellectual well-being from my personal welfare. He makes visible aspects of my graduate experience that would otherwise feel invisible and isolating. Having met with his other advisees, I know that I am not unique in this.”

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

  • Imke de Pater — Professor, Astronomy
  • Shari Huhndorf, Professor, Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies
  • Janelle Scott — Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and African American Studies

2016 Winners

  • Kinch Hoekstra — Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science
  • Mahasin Mujahid — Assistant Professor, Public Health, Epidemiology
  • Costas J. Spanos — Andrew S. Grove Distinguished Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

2015 Winners

  • Abigail De Kosnik — Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
  • Andrea DuBrow — School of Social Welfare
  • Todd Hickey — Classics

2014 Winners

  • Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe — English
  • Jeffrey Long — Chemistry
  • Maciej Zworski — Mathematics

2013 Winners

  • Andrea Peterson — Law
  • Patricia Penn Hilden — Ethnic Studies
  • Juana Maria Rodriguez — Gender and Women Studies

2012 Winners

  • Teresa Caldeira — City and Regional Planning
  • Alastair Iles — Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  • Craig Moritz — Integrative Biology

2011 Winners

  • Jennifer Miller — English
  • Barrie Thorne — Sociology
  • David Ackerly — Integrative Biology

2010 Winners

  • Lisa F. Barcellos — Public Health
  • Tsu-Jae King Liu — Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Nicholas Paige — French

2009 Winners

  • Inez Fung — Earth and Planetary Science
  • Carla Hesse — History
  • Loren Patridge — History of Art

2008 Winners

  • Dru Dougherty — Spanish and Portuguese
  • Paola Bacchetta — Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Carlos F. Daganzo — Civil and Environmental Engineering

2007 Winners

  • Richard Norgaard — Energy and Resource Group
  • Willian B. Taylor — History
  • Christine Wildsoet — Optometry

2006 Winners

  • Nelson Graburn — Anthropology
  • Ananya Roy — City and Regional Planning, Environmental Design
  • John Lindow — Scandinavian Studies

2005 Winners

  • Severin Borenstein — Haas School of Business
  • David Collier — Political Science
  • Jabari Mahiri — Education
  • Thomas Scanlon — Mathematics

2004 Winners (first year)

  • Patricia Baquedano-Lopez — LLSC, Graduate School of Education
  • Sally Fairfax — Society and Environment, Division of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  • John Harte — Division of Ecosystem Sciences, ESPM College of Natural Resources, Energy and Resource Group
  • Donald Moore — Social Cultural Anthropology