This year we have added a new FCSM award for Mentoring that was developed by the FCSM College Council last year. The ability to be a good mentor requires many qualities including the ability to serve, to develop, and inspire mentorees and from the nomination letters, this faculty member has the ability to do just that with both faculty and students.
In mentoring faculty, this awardee has formally observed 23 tenure-track faculty, 2 tenured faculty members, and 20 part-time faculty members in the last five years. Some of the feedback from those he has mentored indicated that he always provides insightful comments after classroom observations to help faculty members reflect on their teaching and enhance their instruction. One letter said that he provides valuable guidance and feedback on teaching, scholarship, and service.
He is responsible for establishing an expanded teaching and learning community that includes both STEM faculty and undergraduate majors. As part of the program he mentors all faculty –led working teams which includes a STEM faculty member and 1-3 undergraduate learning assistants. This mentoring has impacted a total of 68 learning assistants, 26 faculty members and 3,915 students in FCSM since the program started.
Comments from his letters reflected his ability to inspire "both faculty and students through his words and actions and often provides others with encouragement in a way that feels empowering.” He has a strong commitment to excellence and that his mentorship is subtle by design and never feels forced. Most importantly, many also mentioned his ability to serve as a role model.
The awardee received a B.S. in Physics from California State University, Chico, an M.S. in Physics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the joint program at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego and then joined the TU faculty in 2001.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Cody Sandifer from the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences.
(As presented by Associate Dean Gail Gasparich at the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Forum on November 2, 2012.)
The Jess and Mildred Fisher
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