Sorcinelli named Distinguished Scholar at Mount Holyoke; to retire in December

Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost, founding director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD), and professor of Educational Policy, has been named the inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College.  
“The appointment offers an extraordinary opportunity for Mary Deane to advance women’s education and leadership and provides a wonderful capstone to her career in higher education,” said Provost James V. Staros.
The appointment at Mount Holyoke begins in September, but Sorcinelli has agreed to continue leading the CTFD through the end of the 2013 calendar year, at which time she will retire from the university, said Staros. A formal search process to select a new associate provost and director of the CTFD will begin this summer, he added.
Sorcinelli came to campus in 1988 from Indiana University Bloomington where she served as director of faculty development in the office of dean of the faculties. “Over the past 25 years, her quiet and steady leadership has contributed inestimably to this campus,” said Staros. “Under her direction, the CTFD has promoted educational and faculty development innovations at UMass Amherst that have been recognized with a range of national awards and externally funded grants.”  
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development and the Provost’s Office will coordinate a public event this fall for the campus community to acknowledge Sorcinelli’s contributions and wish her well in the next chapter of her career.