Gareth James

Photo by: Steve Cohn Photography
Photo by: Steve Cohn Photography

USC Marshall School of Business

Mentoring at every level is a rewarding investment, whether it be teaching undergraduates, advising doctoral candidates, or collaborating with post-doctoral fellows. However, I have found it especially satisfying to serve as a mentor to my junior faculty colleagues. I believe that not only does this process help to further their careers but at the same time it strengthens the network of faculty within my school, USC as a whole, and the broader academic community.

Of course mentoring is critical in all academic disciplines but it plays a special role in my field because statistics is highly interdisciplinary and its practitioners need to be able to communicate with researchers in a wide variety of specialties at many different levels. In this sense successful mentoring can have a multiplicative effect. I have found it highly gratifying to watch my junior colleague’s intellectual development and careers progress. This process has in turn rewarded me with a stimulating research environment, a wonderful group of collaborators and many lifelong friends.