Mentoring Award Honors Four Arts and Sciences Faculty

Group photo from Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring awards ceremony

Four faculty members from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences have received the 2018 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

This award recognizes faculty members’ commitment to mentoring and working with doctoral students, leading to their career success. In its 13th year, the honor includes a $2,500 cash prize.

This year’s recipients are:

Jonathan AracJonathan Arac
Department of English

Jonathan Arac, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, joined the Pitt faculty as a professor in 1989. He is the founding director of the Humanities Center and serves on the editorial group of the journal boundary 2. He is the author of four books on American and British fiction, poetry and social criticism and focuses his teaching and research on American literature and culture since 1820; British literature and culture 1740-1940; and literary criticism and theory.




Lucy FischerLucy Fischer
Department of English and Film and Media Studies Program

Lucy Fischer became part of the Pitt faculty in 1978 and is today a distinguished professor. She was director of the Film and Media Studies Program 1979-2012 and has curated film for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. She has published nine books and works in the fields of cultural and feminist studies; film theory; film aesthetics; women and film; film and literature; and the relationships between film, consciousness and desire.




Robert HaydenRobert M. Hayden
Department of Anthropology

Robert M. Hayden has been a member of the Pitt faculty since 1986 and is now professor of anthropology, law and public and international affairs. He served as director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies from 1998 to 2014 and has conducted field work from India to the former Yugoslavia. His current work is an international, interdisciplinary and comparative study on competitive sharing of religious sites.




Satish IyengarSatish Iyengar
Department of Statistics

Satish Iyengar came to Pitt in 1982 and was chair of the Department of Statistics from 2000 to 2009 and 2010 to 2016. His research interests encompass stochastic models, meta-analysis, multivariate analysis and distribution, spike train data analysis and applications for statistics in neuroscience.


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