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Excellence in Mentoring Award Nomination

Please submit your nominations for the 2021-2022 Social and Behavioral Science Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award is meant to recognize and encourage the efforts of faculty (either tenure-track or career-line) who consistently demonstrate excellent mentoring to students at any stage of academic life (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral scholars), and/or faculty members.

The award recognizes faculty who have a passion for mentoring individuals in their professional training and life and are effective in assisting individuals toward meeting their goals. Such mentoring can occur in a wide variety of formal contexts (e.g., mentoring UROP students, senior honor thesis students, graduate advisor-advisee relationship, faculty mentoring, national mentoring programs) as well as the more informal mentoring relationships that occur in the laboratory, in the classroom, and community settings. Mentoring relationships are crucial for assisting individuals at all stages of professional life to realize their dreams and goals.

The effective mentor can serve many roles sometimes as advisor, teacher, advocate, supporter, sponsor, and collaborator. We seek nominations of faculty who:

  • Provide intellectual mentoring. Model a record of excellence in research and/or teaching skills and facilitate mentees’ understanding of the content and skills of their social science field.
  • Create a supportive environment for research, scholarship, teaching, and professional work. Provide mentees with the resources to allow them to thrive and achieve their goals.
  • Facilitate an environment that promotes successful completion of students’ degree programs.
  • Act as advocates for students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members by pointing individuals toward opportunities and assisting with removing barriers that otherwise prevent mentees from achieving their goals.
  • Provide a collaborative and accessible learning environment through open communication.
  • Integrate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or faculty members into the broader culture of social science research.

One award will be given each year.



Nominees must be faculty members who have a track record of mentoring undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows, and/or faculty members. Nominators may recognize the many forms that mentorship can take.

Previous winners are not eligible to be nominated again.

Akiko Kamimura in (Sociology)

Brett Clark (Sociology)


Peregine Schwartz-Shea (Political Science)

Marissa Diener (Family and Consumer Studies)

Bert Uchino (Psychology)

Tom Cova (Geography)

Rebecca Utz (Sociology)

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by staff, undergraduate or graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. Nominations must be submitted, through the form below, with the required nomination documents by Friday, February 25, 2022.

Nominations must include:

  1. First & Last Name of Nominee
  2. uNID of Nominee (if known)
  3. Department
  4. Nominee's Present Position
  5. Nominee's Supervisor
  6. Date of Full-Time Hire
  7. First & Last Name of Nominator
  8. Nominator's Email Address

Required Nomination Documents:

  1. Nominating letter (3 p maximum) addressing the criteria in this announcement.
  2. Current curriculum vitae for nominee. The CV should include material that addresses the mentor criteria, including a list of senior thesis students, UROP students, past graduate students/postdoctoral scholars with their placement/position upon leaving the University of Utah, faculty mentoring.
  3. At least three but not more than five additional letters of support from staff, faculty, current or former students and postdoctoral scholars, and community leaders.
  4. A letter from the department chair evaluating the nomination.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of previous recipients.


Nominations will be accepted until 5:00PM on Friday, February 25, 2022.

NOTE: Award(s) will be presented at the CSBS Faculty & Staff Awards Reception. Date TBD.

Nominee Information

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Last Updated: 11/29/21