SPHHS Teams Receive Mutual Mentoring Team Grants

SPHHS faculty members Katherine Reeves and Gloria DiFulvio

Katherine Reeves (left) and Gloria DiFulvio

May 24, 2021

Two SPHHS teams have been awarded Mutual Mentoring Team Grants by the UMass Amherst Office of Faculty Development (OFD). They join a group of nine teams and five individual faculty who received awards for 2021-22.

Supporting Mid-Career Female Leaders is led by Katherine Reeves, Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

“Our project will support a group of six female mid-career faculty in SPHHS who also are engaged in leadership positions as chairs, associate deans, center directors, and graduate program directors,” says Reeves. “We will use a mutual mentoring model to support one another and achieve critically important goals.”

Gloria DiFulvio, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director in Public Health Sciences, will lead a project titled Towards Anti-Racist Pedagogies: Cross-disciplinary Teaching Support in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

“We aim to develop or deepen our respective anti-racist teaching practices,” says DiFulvio. “Our professional development goals as teachers are to learn from each other, experts in the area of anti-racist pedagogy, and students.”

OFD’s Mutual Mentoring Program provides funding to individuals or groups of faculty for the purpose of developing mentoring networks. The Mutual Mentoring Team and Micro Grants encourage faculty to develop robust professional networks that support their growth as researchers, teachers and leaders in their fields. Team Grants provide up to $6,000 for one year to support full-time faculty teams. Micro Grants provide up to $1,500 for one year to individual faculty. The Office of Faculty Development works in collaboration with UMass ADVANCE, who also funds a number of team Mutual Mentoring grants.

Read more about the Mutual Mentoring Awards for 2021-22 here.