The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council honored Michele Tracy Berger, Mark Fraser and M. Gregory Forest with 2017 Faculty Mentoring Awards.
The council established the awards in 2006 to recognize faculty who mentor undergraduate students, graduate stu- dents and junior faculty.
Each award recipient receives a $5,000 stipend.
Michele Tracy Berger, associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, won in the faculty to undergraduate category.
Since coming to Carolina in 2004, Berger has taught a variety of courses ranging from large-enrollment undergraduate classes, required courses, upper-level seminar style courses, first-year seminars and graduate courses, as well as supervised interns in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
One nominator praises Berger as “the epitome of professionalism; always prepared for her classes, going the extra mile, performing her role for all her students to see what can be done, so they can follow in her footsteps and at the same time take minority women seriously.”
Mark Fraser, the John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need at the School of Social Work, received the faculty to graduate mentoring award.
According to one nominator, Fraser’s student mentoring starts “soon after their enrollment, treating them as colleagues and friends from the first encounter,” adding, “his own enthusiasm and creativity inspire his students to greater efforts.” Another nominator wrote, “Dr. Fraser is a great scholar, a wonderful teacher, and more important, a very kind person…Dr. Fraser is my role model and will continue to be my role model.”
M. Gregory Forest, the Grant Dahlstrom Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics, received the faculty to junior faculty mentoring award. Forest holds joint appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Applied Physical Science, and is also director of the Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics. In his 20 years at Carolina, one nominator wrote, Forest has “worked tirelessly to promote the excellent interdisciplinary research of these faculty, bringing in experts from other departments and schools across campus.” Another nominator described Forest as “a powerful force” in increasing the number of female faculty in the department through both regular hires and the Provost’s diversity faculty hiring program.