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Overview    |    Mentoring Grants    |    Mentoring Exemplars    |    Mentoring Resources
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Micro Grants 2009 - 2010

Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge, Assistant Professor of English
Having secured a publishing contract for her monograph, The Panatlantic: Reading Britain, Africa and the Americas in the Nineteenth Century, Dr. Almeida-Beveridge worked closely with a copyeditor to help her prepare for publication. As a peer mentor on campus, she shared the knowledge and skills she acquired from her experience with the copyeditor.

Benita Barnes, Assistant Professor of Educational Policy, Research and Administration
Dr. Barnes expanded her research internationally by connecting with well-established senior scholars and administrators possessing international higher education experience. She met regularly with two on-campus mentors. She also consulted with Dr. Ann Austin of Michigan State University at a national professional conference to further broaden her network of educators interested in international faculty development.

Maria José Botelho, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Dr. Botelho supported her Reimagining School Literacies research project by establishing mutual mentoring relationships with reading experts Dr. Peter Johnston of the University at Albany State University of New York and Dr. Arthur Auer of Antioch University. Dr. Botelho travelled to her mentors' institutions and invited them to participate in a cross-pedagogical dialogue at UMass Amherst, through which she collected information on the ways these prominent educators integrate critical, multiple, and/or holistic language arts practices into their teacher education programs.

Mwangi wa Gïthïnji, Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Gïthïnji used his grant to travel to London to meet with Professor Ha-Joon Chang of Cambridge University and Professor Thandika Mkandawire, Chair of African Development at the London School of Economics. While in London, Dr. Gïthïnji began collaborating on an article with Professor Ha-Joon Chang. In addition, he worked with both professors on developing a plan to establish a broader network of economists interested in political economy development of Africa, laying the groundwork for future research, collaboration, and mentoring.

Karen Kalmakis, Assistant Professor of Nursing
In order to further her research of the health impacts of violent sexual victimization, Dr. Kalmakis established a scholarly work group comprised of faculty on campus with similar research interests and local mentors who discussed career opportunities at regularly-scheduled luncheons. Dr. Kalmakis also traveled to Minnesota to explore future research and gain access to the national Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Sexual Assault Response Team database.

Lisa A. Keller, Assistant Professor of Education Policy, Research and Administration
Dr. Keller expanded her network of mentors by meeting with senior colleagues who helped her develop a plan for disseminating her research and connecting her with the most relevant scholars and professionals in her field. Dr. Keller worked with her mentor, Dr. Barbara Plake of the University of Nebraska, to produce six journal articles, and also traveled to a writing retreat and networking event.

Jenna L. Marquard, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Dr. Marquard formed an inter-disciplinary and cross-career-stage mentoring pod with a graduate student in engineering and a graduate student in English. Dr. Marquard and her engineering student hired the English student to edit and coach them through a number of papers, conference presentations, and an N.S.F. grant. In addition, the two graduate students benefited from both female faculty and peer mentoring.

Rachel Mordecai, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Mordecai used her grant to build upon and instigate mentoring relationships with prominent academics in the field of Caribbean literature at the New School and Brown University. By visiting scholars at these institutions, Dr. Mordecai gained knowledge about publishing in her area of focus, as well as ideas about how to re-frame her dissertation into a book manuscript.

Karen Y. Morrison, Assistant Professor of W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
Dr. Morrison furthered her work on the familial dimensions of racial integration and segregation in the social history of Cuba by solidifying mentoring relationships with two prominent academics in her field at Rutgers University. Both mentors are serving as reviewers of a monograph on which Dr. Morrison is currently working, and one visited UMass Amherst in order to give a formal talk and meet with students and faculty. In addition, Dr. Morrison hired a professional editor to assist with her book project.

Jon Olsen, Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Olsen used his grant to visit prominent figures in the field of digital humanities and history. By doing so, Dr. Olsen has built a network of mentors that can support him as he prepares to apply for external funding for digital history projects at UMass Amherst. Dr. Olsen disseminated the research, teaching, and community outreach knowledge acquired from these meetings at monthly brown bag lunch sessions in his department.

TreaAndrea Russworm, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Russworm used her grant to develop mentoring relationships with scholars interested in positioning themselves as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Americanists within the academic publishing industry. As part of this effort, she drafted a book proposal for a collection of essays on race and American studies, titled "Rac(e)ing American Studies: Transdisciplinary Approaches," and used the project as an opportunity for near-peer and group mentoring. Faculty from the Five Colleges were invited to participate in the project, and Dr. Russworm traveled to meet with scholars from Northwestern University and Brown University. She also attended the International Sidney Poitier Conference to seek out other prominent and rising scholars in her field.

Frank Sleegers, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
Dr. Sleegers used his grant to build a relationship with an internationally-acclaimed professor of landscape architecture in the field of phytoremediation and urban renewal. The relationship helped Dr. Sleegers gain valuable information on remediating derelict urban brownfields and expand his interdisciplinary network.

Erin Snook, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. Snook used her grant to obtain training in qualitative research methodology so she could support her study of physical activity among individuals with multiple sclerosis. To do so, Dr. Snook attended the Qualitative Health Research Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. After becoming more familiar with qualitative interviews, data coding, and identification of themes, she is now prepared to conduct a research study, share her knowledge with faculty in her department, and include the material in her undergraduate measurement and statistics course.

Melissa Wooten, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Wooten used her grant to expand her network of mentors, and to acquire guidance for her first post-dissertation research project, a study of the interaction between local communities and schools in Hampden and Hampshire counties. She identified and visited scholars at Princeton and Stanford Universities, and attended a regional sociology conference in Boston.

Elena Zaretsky, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders
Dr. Zaretsky traveled to the Harvard School of Education and Tufts University to observe and acquire knowledge of neuro-imaging techniques and reading disabilities in pre-reading-age children. Dr. Zaretsky shared this information with a cross-disciplinary group of junior and senior faculty members at UMass Amherst who are also engaged in reading-disordered research.

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