Faculty mentorship is a key ingredient in the development of our graduate and professional student researchers. The recent “Nature Research: Health of Research Groups” symposium at Berkeley identified the importance of supporting PIs in their roles as mentors for research trainees, both for the university, and academia at large. Towards this objective, the Graduate Assembly, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and the Graduate Division, are partnering to organize a series of events focusing on best practices and challenges in effective mentorship within specific research disciplines.

The second event in this series will focus on Mentorship in the Social Sciences. To participate in the Mentorship in the Social Sciences event on Monday, April 23rd, at 3:30 – 5 pm in Anthony Hall, please RSVP.


The event will feature an address by Fiona Doyle, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, and a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton with panelists including:

  • Frank Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Director of the School Psychology program, Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program, and Faculty Director of the California College Preparatory Academy
  • Tony Mirabelli is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, and a graduate advisor for the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program. He also is the Coordinator of the Tutorial Program for the Athletic Study Center and supervises Graduate Tutors
  • Andrea Dubrow is a field consultant and lecturer in the School of Social Welfare. In 2015, she was nominated by her students and received the UC Berkeley Faculty Mentoring Award, sponsored by the Graduate Division


  • 3:30 pm — Welcome and networking

  • 3:40 pm — Introduction by Vice Provost Fiona Doyle

  • 3:50 pm — Panelists share best practices and challenges on mentorship

  • 4:10 pm — Panel discussion on topics suggested by faculty, including

    • Setting appropriate expectations

    • Balancing time commitments

    • Communication

  • 4:50 pm – Wrap-up and next steps