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Mary Deane Sorcinelli

Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli is Associate Provost for Faculty Development, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, she served as Director, Office of Faculty Development, Indiana University Bloomington, for a decade.

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) supports the professional development of faculty across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources focused on teaching, mentoring, scholarly writing, career advancement, and work/life balance. For over two decades, through her work in the Center, Sorcinelli has served early career, midcareer, and senior faculty, departments and colleges, and has advanced the teaching culture of the campus.

Under Mary Deane’s leadership, the CTFD is the proud recipient of The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education's 2011 Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. The Center also was cited as a Model Faculty Development Program in the U.S. and Canada (2006), and was awarded two Innovation Awards from the POD Network for work on faculty mentoring and diversity (2007, 2002), and a 2000 national Hesburgh Award for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning.

Mary Deane is a well-known researcher in the areas of academic careers, faculty professional development, teaching and learning, and the evaluation of teaching. She has written over 100 articles, book chapters, and books in a wide range of sources.

Mary Deane has directed a number of externally grant-funded projects aimed at promoting educational innovations at UMass Amherst. She is currently Co-PI of a second $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a campus-wide Mutual Mentoring Initiative. She also has directed grants on instructional initiatives from Microsoft, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Pew Charitable Trusts. She has served on the boards of NSF ADVANCE Grants and NSF Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Grants.

Mary Deane has participated actively in her profession. In 2006 she was honored with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development. She also served as President/Executive Board Member of the POD Network, 2000-04, and as Senior Scholar to the American Association for Higher Education.

Mary Deane has provided faculty development teaching and consultations in in international settings that include Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. She visited the American University in Cairo, Egypt as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, and was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship to the National University of Ireland Galway.

Sorcinelli holds an M.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College and an ED.D in Educational Policy from UMass Amherst. She was awarded the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.

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