Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grants for 2013-14 announced

Ten campus programs driven by early-career or under-represented faculty, along with 12 pre-tenure faculty members, will receive Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grants for 2013-14, the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD) has announced.
The award-winning Mutual Mentoring Initiative is funded by a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative encourages faculty to develop robust professional networks that support their growth as researchers, teachers and leaders in their fields, according to Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for faculty development and co-principal investigator for the Mellon grant.
“In this final year of Mellon grant funding, our faculty have designed a variety of mentoring projects that are remarkably creative and directly focused on their academic success,” said Sorcinelli.
The Mellon Mutual Mentoring Team Grants provide up to $10,000 for one year to support faculty-driven mentoring projects for early-career or under-represented faculty based at the departmental, school/college, interdisciplinary, or inter-institutional levels. This year’s Team Grant recipients are:
  • Creative Production Group
  • History: Transnational Feminisms and Sexualities
  • Developmental Science Initiative
  • Division of Environmental Health Science
  • Five Colleges Prosody Community
  • Interdisciplinary Networks – SYnergy in Nutrition and Kinesiology (IN-SYNK)
  • Interdisciplinary Transnationalism Network
  • Laboratory for Transformative Practice in Anthropology
  • Multi-disciplinary Association for Remote Sensing (MARS)
  • UMass International Scholars Mutual Mentoring Network  
The Mellon Mutual Mentoring Micro Grants provide up to $1,200 for one year to individual pre-tenure faculty. Micro Grants are intended to encourage early-career faculty to identify desirable areas for professional growth, and to develop the necessary mentoring relationships to make such opportunities possible. This year’s recipients are:
  • George Bradley Bennett, Accounting
  • Caryn Brause, Art, Architecture & Art History
  • Peter Chien, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Darrell Earnest, Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies
  • Geng-Lin Li, Biology
  • Michele Markstein, Biology
  • Stephen A. Paparo, Music & Dance
  • Zehra Fareen Parvez, Sociology
  • Jessica D. Schiffman, Chemical Engineering
  • Priyanka Srivastava, History and Economics
  • Lisa M. Troy, Nutrition