Faculty Development & Mentoring

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Now accepting nominations for 2015 Mellon Mentoring Awards

Faculty and students are invited to nominate a USC faculty member for a 2015 USC Mellon Mentoring Award in one of the following categories:

  • Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students
  • Faculty Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars, Medical Residents, and Fellows
  • Faculty Mentoring Faculty Colleagues

USC Mellon Mentoring Awards are awarded to USC faculty members who have substantially contributed to building an effective academic environment by their demonstrated excellence in and commitment to mentoring.

We also invite nominations for the Culture of Mentoring Award. This award recognizes mentoring programs in departments and other academic units for an ongoing commitment to the development and success of effective faculty mentoring activities in those units.

Complete award criteria and instructions for submitting a nomination are available on the  USC Mellon Mentoring Awards webpage.

Nominate an Exceptional Mentor by Friday, January 23, 2015:   http://tinyurl.com/2015MentorAward


For questions, contact Melissa Jones, Special Events Coordinator, via e-mail at mcnear@provost.usc.edu.

In 2007-2008, USC embarked on a six year partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build on the successes already achieved with the goal of integrating mentoring throughout this large and complex research university. This effort is founded on three insights: First, mentoring will thrive only if it becomes part of the culture. Second, the faculty is the key constituency in securing long-term change in the university. Third, mentoring will thrive as faculty increasingly understand that it is the key tool for academic success.

Excellence in faculty mentoring is recognized with the Provost’s Mentoring Award and the USC Mellon Mentoring Awards. Once a semester, school representative gather as members of the Mellon Mentoring Forum to share best practices as well as provide oversight in the development of school-based mentoring programs and activities to nurture the development and empowerment of the faculty.