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Mary Deane Sorcinelli

Mary Deane Sorcinelli

Senior Fellow

Mary Deane Sorcinelli is Co-PI of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Association of American Universities (AAU) to study how universities can successfully coordinate multiple undergraduate STEM education reforms to achieve sustainable change (2016–2020). She previously served as Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Mount Holyoke College (2014–2016); Associate Provost, Director of the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD) and Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1988–2014); and Director, Office of Faculty Development, Indiana University Bloomington (1983–88).

Throughout her career, Mary Deane has served faculty and academic leaders, and advanced the culture of teaching at colleges and universities throughout the world. She has 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, and career advancement. 

Under Mary Deane’s leadership, the CTFD was the proud recipient of The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education's 2011 Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. The Center also was cited as a Model Faculty Development Program in the U.S. and Canada (2006), was awarded three Innovation Awards from the POD Network for work on faculty scholarly writing, mentoring, and diversity (2013, 2007, 2002), and was awarded a 2000 national Hesburgh Award for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. 

Mary Deane is a well-known researcher in the areas of professional development of faculty across all career stages, mentoring, improvement of teaching and learning in higher education, and the role of teaching centers in fostering 21st century faculty learning. She has published over 100 books, book chapters and articles, most recently co-authoring Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives (2016).   

Mary Deane has directed a number of externally grant-funded projects aimed at promoting educational innovations. She is a Co-PI, external evaluator, and advisory board member of several National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. She has directed grants on instructional and faculty development initiatives for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Pew Charitable Trusts, Microsoft, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

Mary Deane has participated actively in her profession. In 2006 she was honored with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development. She served as President/Executive Board Member of the POD Network, 2000–04, and as Senior Scholar to the American Association for Higher Education. She also has conducted needs assessments and program reviews for teaching and learning centers at over twenty colleges and universities.

Mary Deane has provided faculty development teaching and consultations in international settings that include Antigua, Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.  She served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship to the National University of Ireland Galway.

Mary Deane holds an M.A. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College and an ED.D. in Educational Policy from UMass Amherst. She was awarded the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for translating her UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in the professional realm. She also was awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, ACE Massachusetts Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education, presented to a woman leader who has demonstrated significant leadership and promotion of women in the field of higher education.