Faculty Development & Mentoring

2015 Mellon Awardees
Photo by Steve Cohn Photography

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2015 Mellon Mentoring Awards!

For a complete list of this year’s awardees, please visit: https://faculty.usc.edu/mentoring/2015-awardees/


As a national leader in mentoring, the University of Southern California is fully committed to cultivating this practice across all levels of the university. This commitment is demonstrated by the successful establishment of mentoring programs and activities for junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates.

From 2008 to 2015, USC partnered with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build on its previous achievements in integrating mentoring practices throughout the large and complex research university. This effort was 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 a key tool for academic success.

2014-2015 UCAPT Workshops

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, in conjunction with the University Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Tenure, hosts a number of workshops for faculty each academic year to provide transparency and guidance on the tenure process.

Mentoring Activities and Programs

In making mentoring part of the culture at the University of Southern California, each school and several central university units have instituted mentoring programs and activities to foster the success of faculty and students.


A compilation of tools and guidance on best practices that several schools and campus units have made available for faculty mentors, faculty mentees, department chairs, and faculty who mentor students to help facilitate and enhance mentoring relationships.


A group of senior faculty who serve as liaisons to department chairs, search committee chairs and deans’ offices to help support new and prospective faculty members with academic interests in diversity and inclusion. These faculty members are available to meet on an individual basis to answer questions about such topics as campus life, university resources, and living in Southern California.


Each year the University of Southern California recognizes faculty members across the university who have demonstrated a commitment to mentoring through the prestigious USC Mellon Mentoring Awards program and the Provost’s Mentoring Award.


The USC Mellon Mentoring Forum is integral to fostering a university-wide culture of mentoring. Convened in partnership with the deans of every academic unit, the Forum is composed of faculty members and school representatives. The Forum is charged with sharing best practices as well as oversight in the development of school-based mentoring programs and activities.