Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli is Associate Provost for Faculty Development, Professor of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration, and director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, she served as director of the Office of Faculty Development at Indiana University Bloomington (1983-88). Mary Deane has numerous articles and book chapters in a wide range of sources. Selected co-authored works include Developing New and Junior Faculty (1992), Assigning and Responding to Student Writing Across the Disciplines (1997), Heeding New Voices: Academic Careers for a New Generation (2000), Creating the Future of Faculty Development (2006) and Mutual Mentoring Guide (2009). Mary Deane has directed a range of grant-funded projects including the Lilly Endowment, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and the William and the Flora Hewlett Foundation. She is currently co-principal investigator of a $400,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the campus-wide Mutual Mentoring Initiative. The initiative was awarded a 2008 Innovation Award from the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education. In addition, Mary Deane served as Senior Scholar to the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) from 1999-2001 and as President/Executive Board Member of the POD Network, 2000-04. In 2006 she was honored with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development. Under Mary Deane’s leadership, the Center For Teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was cited as one of the top four Model Faculty Development Programs in the U.S. and Canada (2006), was awarded a 2002 Innovation Award from the POD Network and a 2000 Hesburgh Award for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. Mary Deane has worked in international settings that include Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Puerto Rico and Taiwan and was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship to Ireland.
Building International Faculty-Development Collaborations: The Evolving Role of American Teaching Centers (with Deborah DeZure, Nancy Van Note Chism, Grace Cheong, Aziza Ragai Ellozy, Matthew Holley, Bahaa Kazem, and Dawood Atrushi), Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning (2012)
The Case for Excellence in Diversity: Lessons from an Assessment of an Early Career Faculty Program (with Dorothe J. Bach), To Improve the Academy (2010)
Many colleges and universities have come to understand the added educational value of having a...
When Mentoring is the Medium: Lessons Learned from a Faculty Development Initiative (with Jung H. Yun), To Improve the Academy (2009)
From Mentor to Mentoring Networks: Mentoring in the New Academy (with Jung Y. Yun), Change (2007)
Creating the Future of Faculty Development: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present (with Ann E. Austin, Pamela L. Eddy, and Andrea L. Beach) (2005)
Efforts to support and enrich faculty work—particularly in a changing context—are critically important to faculty...
Contributions to Books
Educational developers: The multiple structures and influences that support our work (with Ann E. Austin), New Directions for Teaching & Learning (2010)
Recognizing that educational development is an important strategic lever for ensuring institutional quality, this chapter...
Promoting Civility in Large Classes, Engaging Large Classes, Strategies and Techniques for College Faculty (2007)
Understanding New Faculty Background, Aspirations, Challenges, and Growth (with Ann E. Austin and Melissa McDaniels), The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: An Evidence-Based Perspective (2007)
Early career faculty, defined as those within the first seven years of appointment to a...
How to Enhance Learning by Using High-Stakes and Low-Stakes Writing (with Peter Elbow), From the book entitled: McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers.12th ed. (2005)
New Conceptions of Scholarship for a New Generation of Faculty Members, New Directions for Teaching and Learning (2002)
Scholarship Reconsidered gave us an amplified vision of scholarly work, yet this process of tenure...
The top ten things new faculty would like to hear from colleagues, National Teaching and Learning Forum Newsletter (2004)
The Value of a Teaching and Learning Center for Faculty Development, Universität Dortmund (2002)
Resource Guide for Faculty of Color at the Five Colleges (with Enobong Branch, David Cort, Patricia Banks, Amber Douglas, and Becky Packard) (2012)
In 2012, the Supporting Faculty of Color Through Tenure & Beyond Mutual Mentoring Grant Team...