Faculty Mentor Award

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA), now in its thirteenth year, honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and generally supporting graduate students. The Graduate Assembly presents three FMAs to selected mentors every year. When possible, one of these awards is reserved for a faculty member or teaching staff from a professional degree program. The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates, postdocs, or consist of jointly written letters. The 2016 FMA Ceremony honoring our winners will be held in April, venue and location TBD. The ceremony is open to all Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

 Nominations for the 2016 Faculty Mentor Award Are Due By Sunday, February 21st at 11:59 pm [Extended from February 5]


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, and full professors, and emeriti. Individuals who have won an award in the last two years (2014 and 2013) are not eligible for the 2015 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

In order to nominate a faculty member, you must be a graduate student or recent graduate who has directly benefited from some aspect of the candidate’s mentoring or advising. The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates or consist of jointly written letters.

Submit your nomination with this online application. Please direct any questions about this process to GA President Jenna Kingkade,

Nominations must include:

  1. Name and contact information for the nominators.
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation, each no longer than 600 words; letters must include the first and last names, email addresses, and contact telephone numbers of each recommender. There is a max of 3 letters.

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

Previous Faculty Mentor Award Winners


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

2004  (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