Mass. Women Leaders in Higher Education to Honor Sorcinelli for Lifetime Achievement

Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for faculty development and founding director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CFTD), has been selected by the Massachusetts Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is presented to a woman leader in higher education who has demonstrated significant leadership and promotion of women in the field of higher education. The Massachusetts Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education is affiliated with the American Council on Education.

A well-known researcher in the areas of academic careers, faculty professional development, teaching and learning, and the evaluation of teaching, Sorcinelli has written more than 100 articles, book chapters and books in a wide range of sources. In 2006, she was honored with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD (Professional and Organizational Development) Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development. She also served as president and executive board member of the POD Network (2000–04) and as senior scholar to the American Association for Higher Education.

Since September, Sorcinelli has served as the inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Mount Holyoke College’s Weissman Center for Leadership.

Although she planned to retire last month, Sorcinelli is staying on associate provost and director of the CFTD until her successor is hired.

She received her Ed.D. through the School of Education in 1978 and currently serves as professor in the college’s department of educational policy, research and administration.

Sorcinelli returned to campus in 1988 to oversee the operation of the newly Center for Teaching. Under her leadership, the center has promoted educational and faculty development innovations that have been recognized with a range of national awards and externally funded grants. The center has also supported 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.

Sorcinelli has provided faculty development teaching and consultations in international settings that include Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.

The award will be presented to Sorcinelli in June at Brandeis University.