Department interactions

Kris Gutiérrez

I believe mentoring the next generation of scholars, particularly first generation faculty and students, is one of the most important responsibilities and commitments I have. I have had the privilege of mentoring and apprenticing both students (graduate, undergraduate, and postdocs) and faculty (particularly early and mid-career faculty) at my institutions and in professional arenas since I was an early career scholar myself. Presently, I am also a mentor for dissertation, postdoctoral, and mid-career fellows for the National Academy of Education & the Spencer Foundation.

Benjamin Recht

I have mentored undergraduate, graduate students, and junior faculty in Computer Science at Berkeley since I arrived in 2013. I look forward to working with faculty at the assistant and associate levels to navigate their way towards success at Berkeley.

Serena Chen

I have served as a primary mentor for graduate students for nearly 25 years. These graduate students have come from very diverse backgrounds, with equally diverse current circumstances, and a broad range of strengths, interests, and career goals. Over the years, I have also mentored and regularly offered advice to junior (and sometimes) senior colleagues. My approach to mentoring/advising is direct and pragmatic, but also compassionate.

Sanjay Kumar

I have been on the Berkeley faculty since 2005 and currently chair the Department of Bioengineering. In addition to formally mentoring several junior faculty in my department, I have served on a number of departmental/campus ad hoc committees and written many departmental letters for advancement, tenure, and promotion. I have also written around 50 external tenure and promotion letters. I look forward to drawing upon the lessons I have learned from these experiences as I advise my faculty colleagues.

Rebecca Heald

I have entered a career stage in which mentoring has become as important to me as research. By engaging in the Life Sciences Initiative to enhance faculty diversity and inclusion, and as Associate Dean of the BEST Region, I hope to improve the situation for new faculty and make the Berkeley campus more inclusive and supportive of all our constituents.

Raka Ray

I bring to the role of a core advisor both a long and engaged history of mentoring students and younger colleagues and experience of leadership at multiple levels.

Rachel Morello-Frosch

As Division Chair and Equity Liaison in ESPM, and DrPH Program Director in the School of Public Health, I have collaborated with faculty colleagues, staff and students to advance the diversity equity and inclusion mission of UC Berkeley, through development and implementation of DEI plans for my units and programs. I co-led efforts with colleagues to develop faculty cluster hire proposals, including one on climate change and environmental justice, and also worked to improve recruitment, retention and mentoring of faculty, post-docs and students from under-represented groups.

Noah Whiteman

I am thrilled to be on the faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California. Because of my personal history, I am interested in encouraging those from all backgrounds to join and enrich the scientific enterprise with their perspectives--this includes, of course, those with liberal and conservative political perspectives, those who hold religious views and those who do not, those from big cities or those from rural areas. I am a first-generation college student. I was the first openly gay faculty member in my department at the University of Arizona and I am also the first in my new department at the University of California, Berkeley. I have found academia to be an oasis: at each university where I have worked I came to believe that I belonged there. I look forward to the day when none of us is judged by non-merit based criteria, where none of us has to talk about rising above societal perceptions of income, ethnicity, religion, physical traits, accents, sexual orientation or gender, political opinions and where human diversity is embraced in all of its forms, at all levels in our society and in every place. Until that day comes, we need to talk about it.

Maximilian Auffhammer

I am the recipient of the 2017 Cheit Teaching Award in the Haas School of Business, the 2009 Campus Distinguished Teaching Award the 2007 Cozzarelli Prize awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, and the 2007 Sarlo Distinguished Mentoring Award. I have advised 40+ doctoral students in my 17 years at UC Berkeley. I love this place. I also love food, soccer and spending tons of time with my son Noah and awesome spouse Lori.

Matthew B. Francis

I think one of the most difficult challenges Berkeley faculty face is time management. The competing demands of research, teaching, student mentoring, committee service, and family life can be completely overwhelming at times, and one must learn that not everything can be done to perfection. While I certainly don’t claim to have all of the answers, I am happy to discuss challenges and strategies with faculty who are developing their plan to navigate this challenging but rewarding career.