Department interactions

Amani Nuru-Jeter

The most important thing I bring to my role as a Core Advisor is my passion for mentoring and for cultivating and helping to create an environment where ALL faculty can thrive. I have had good mentoring, bad mentoring, and at times no mentoring; and have both experienced and witnessed the inequities in mentoring among faculty in higher education which fuels my commitment to ensuring that faculty have what they need to develop into their full potential, particularly women, faculty of color, and women faculty of color. I have experience mentoring across the academic pipeline from students, to junior and mid-career faculty both in formal and informal capacities, and am excited to partner with OFEW to help support the mentoring needs of my UCB 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.

SanSan Kwan

In both my former job at a Cal State and over the past twelve years here at UC Berkeley, I have learned a bit about navigating academic institutions as a woman of color faculty in the arts and humanities. I would be really excited to connect with my peers across campus to share insights and challenges.

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.

Rodrigo Almeida

I have been on the Berkeley faculty since 2006 and currently serve as Division Chair in my department (ESPM). I came to the US for my PhD, and I was not confident I belonged or fit anywhere until well past tenure; great mentors were instrumental in that journey.

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.

Martin Head-Gordon

I hope that I can be a useful sounding board for many of the challenges that young faculty face in trying to succeed at Berkeley. I will be happy to listen, to discuss, and to advise as best I can on any topic of interest or concern. While I have considerable experience in mentoring and advising, it is also enough to make me quite sure that I do not know all the answers!

Matthew Welch

When I started at Berkeley my mentoring relationships were mainly informal and my mentors were junior faculty friends in my department as well as senior faculty with whom I shared research interests. However, I now see that new faculty can benefit from a broader spectrum of mentoring and advising relationships.

Chung-Pei Ma

As the pace of discoveries quickens and as we move up the academic ladder, the demands on our time and the responsibilities of our faculty role also change. I have mentored and collaborated with other faculty members, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and high school students. I look forward to sharing these experiences with my faculty colleagues and also learning from them.

Al-An deSouza

I bring extensive experience of mentoring underrepresented students and junior faculty, from the point of hire through their academic careers. My emphasis is on intersections between race, gender, sexuality, disability and class, and how these might enable possibilities for research and self-development, as well as how they are used as constraints by institutions.