College of Letters & Science


Mentoring Liaison: Rosemary Joyce, Chair 

In the anthropology department, the role of faculty mentoring liaison will be carried out by the Department Chair, Rosemary Joyce. The department's plan is to develop mentoring practices for its largest cohort of "junior" faculty, who are in fact Associate Professors, in the fall of 2009. Taking the "liaison" part of the designated role as key, the Chair will undertake to match faculty with possible mentors; to introduce mentors to best practices resources; and, in the event that the department has new assistant professors in the future, to develop a policy under which on arrival each new assistant professor is assigned a mentor who is in turn provided support as a mentor. 


Mentoring Liaison: Mike Hout, Chair

Earth and Planetary Science

Mentoring Liaison: Roland Burgmann, Chair

The Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science acts as mentoring liaison and meets at least on a yearly basis with junior faculty. While mentoring at EPS is mostly informal in nature, a senior colleague is assigned as mentor for each junior faculty member. The role of the mentor is to provide advice and general insights about faculty life and complements the more formal role of the chair by providing guidance during personnel reviews. Generally, all senior faculty act as advisors and advocates for their junior colleagues. Communication between faculty is enhanced by weekly faculty meetings which allow for both formal discussions of department business and informal conversations. Several meetings are dedicated to "EPS Conversations", in which faculty informally discuss recent research interests. A number of departmental seminar series and associated social gatherings allow for further interactions.


Mentoring Liaison: Gerard Roland, Chair 


Mentoring Liaison: Michael Lucey, Chair 

In the French Department mentoring practices are mostly informal. New junior faculty members will be assigned a senior colleague to act as mentor through the moment of tenure, and the department chair will also meet regularly with junior faculty to answer questions regarding procedures and policy as well as to review teaching, research, and professional activities and obligations as well as any other areas of concern or interest. The chair will also have regular informal conversations with Associate Professors and Professors regarding their professional concerns, obligations, aspirations, and development. Committee assignments in the department are done carefully to make sure that no one is overburdened, while everyone is progressively familiarized with all areas of departmental life and responsibility. Faculty are highly encouraged to participate in intellectual life on campus outside the department, and are also encouraged, when at the appropriate level of advancement, to perform service duties outside the department. A vibrant and highly participatory series of colloquia, seminars, lectures, and conferences by visitors as well as our own faculty provides many informal moments for intellectual collaboration and for mutual mentoring as regards intellectual development. 

Gender & Women's Studies

Mentoring Liaison: Minoo Moallem, Chair 


Mentoring Liaison: Niklaus Largier, Professor 


Mentoring Liaison: Mary Elizabeth Berry, Chair 

Integrative Biology

Mentoring Liaison: Zac Powell, Professor


Mentoring Liaison: Barbara Spackman, Chair 

Mentoring practices are, for the most part, informal. Other than yearly meetings between the junior faculty members and the Chair, most mentoring takes place through informal conversations. There is a very active colloquium series and many social events. The Chair mentors Associate Professors by holding yearly meetings and occasional discussions with the Dean about their status and by providing a general climate of support and exchange.


Mentoring Liaison: Andrew Garrett, Professor


Mentoring Liaison: Alan Weinstein, Chair 

There is informal mentoring for the small number of faculty who are hired at the Assistant Professor level. Senior faculty act as advisors and advocates for the junior colleagues. In addition, the Chair serves to continually advise junior faculty concerning the tenure process at Berkeley. Finally, the Department's Teaching Committee provides peer visits to faculty to assist them with adjusting to the teaching culture here.

Molecular & Cell Biology

Mentoring Liaison: Steve Martin, Chair 


Mentoring Liaison: Bonnie Wade, Chair 


Mentoring Liaison: Jay Wallace, Chair 

Mentoring practices involve assignments of senior colleagues to serve as faculty mentors for each member of our junior faculty. Assigned mentors meet frequently with the junior faculty assigned to them to discuss all aspects of professional life. Assistant professors are also actively encouraged to seek feedback and guidance from all tenured members of the department. In addition, the department chair meets at least once per semester with each assistant professor to answer any questions the untenured faculty members might have about teaching, research, professional activities and obligations, participation in departmental life, balance of professional and personal life, etc. At the end of the year, the assistant professor's teaching and research record is reviewed, and constructive feedback is offered by the department chair, with the goal of helping the colleague to understand and to meet the university's requirements and expectations for promotion to tenure. 


Mentoring Liaison: Frances Hellman, Professor


Mentoring Liaison: Steve Palmer, Professor

Psychology Junior Faculty Mentoring Program 

Each mentor is assigned to a junior faculty. Tenure review workshops are conducted for the junior faculty. A program is also offered to the junior faculty whereby once or twice a month, a senior faculty member will come in for a talk on running lab meetings, publishing, teaching, etc, in a casual setting.


Mentoring Liaison: Michael Mascuch, Chair 


Mentoring Liaison: Trond Petersen, Chair and Professor


Mentoring Liaison: Michael Mascuch, Acting Chair 

The department chair appoints a senior faculty member for each new junior faculty member. Senior faculty members provide guidance on matters of networking with colleagues inside and outside the department, supporting research in the broadest sense, understanding local academic culture, etc.

Haas School of Business

Mentoring Liaison: Ganesh Iyer, Professor

College of Chemistry


Mentoring Liaison: Michael Marletta, Chair

Chemical Engineering

Mentoring Liaison: Jeffrey Reimer, Chair

Graduate School of Education

Mentoring Liaison: David Pearson, Dean

Graduate School of Education Faculty Mentoring Policy

College of Engineering


Mentoring Liaison: Teresa Head-Gordon, Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Welfare 

All new faculty are assigned a faculty mentor. Mentors help integrate new faculty into the culture of the department and the campus and provide advice on all aspects of their professional development. Mentors help junior faculty to develop strategies to manage their time and balance their responsibilities in research, teaching, and service; introduce them to colleagues and potential collaborators; and provide some tips to navigating the complex Berkeley bureaucracy. Most importantly, mentors provide support and guidance during personnel reviews. 

Computer Science

Mentoring Liaison: Stuart Russell, Chair 

Each new faculty member is assigned a senior faculty member as a mentor. The mentor is expected to meet with the faculty member to discuss all aspects of an academic career. Often, the mentor includes the new faculty member in joint project proposals, research meetings, etc. Generally the chair asks the mentor, and perhaps other faculty with suitable expertise, to visit the new faculty member's classroom to observe and provide feedback on teaching. Finally, the chair meets with new faculty members at least annually to discuss progress. 

Electrical Engineering

Mentoring Liaison: Costas Spanos, Associate Chair

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Mentoring Liaison: Rhonda Righter, Professor

A climate of mentoring in which members of the department spontaneously and informally mentor new colleagues is fostered. Senior faculty members are encouraged to work with junior faculty resulting in much collaborative research. Weekly department seminars are organized by junior/senior faculty pairs, which provide an informal mentoring opportunity and help the junior faculty member establish ties to researchers outside of the university. The department chair also acts as an informal mentor, giving feedback on teaching and research.

Materials Science and Engineering

Mentoring Liaison: Robert Ritchie, Chair

College of Environmental Design


Mentoring Liaison: Mary Comerio, Chair

College of Natural Resources

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Mentoring Liaison: Allen Goldstein, Chair

School of Optometry 

Mentoring Liaison: Dennis Levi, Chair

Current practices are informal. Both the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Chair spend time discussing development and advancement with new faculty, and for new Assistant Professors, a faculty mentor is designated. In addition, the Department has created a "young at heart club" in which new faculty, along with few senior faculty, get together informally for a lab tour and dinner about once every six weeks.

School of Public Health

Mentoring Liaison: Tom Rundall, Executive Associate Dean

Goldman School of Public Policy

Mentoring Liaison: Steven Raphael, Professor

School of Social Welfare

School of Social Welfare Faculty Mentoring