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Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Associate Provost for Faculty Development; Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; and Professor of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Mount Holyoke's Weissman Center for Leadership
Mary Deane Sorcinelli 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 more than 100 articles, book chapters, and books in a wide range of sources. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she founded the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). Under her direction, the CTFD has promoted educational and faculty development innovations that have been recognized with a range of national awards and externally funded grants. The Center supports the professional development of UMass 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.
In 2013, Sorcinelli was named the inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Mount Holyoke's Weissman Center for Leadership.
In 2006, Sorcinelli 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 (2000–2004) and as senior scholar to the American Association for Higher Education.
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. She 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.