New Orleans Partner Opportunities Program


The Oliver Fund Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring



Tulane University recognizes the mentoring process as an essential component of professional development and institutional success. Faculty mentoring offers both institutional and individual faculty benefits. From an organizational perspective, professional mentoring has been shown to increase institutional stability, promote the retention of valued employees, support the preservation of institutional capital, and encourage cultural diversity. Individual mentees gain important institutional insight, professional development, increased job satisfaction, and improved probability of career success. The Oliver Fund Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring seeks to recognize the commitment of senior faculty members to the success of junior faculty and the institution as a whole.

Click here to learn more about the 2013 Recipient of The Oliver Fund Award for Excellent in Faculty Mentoring, L. Gabriel Navar, Professor and Chair, Physiology, Co-Director, Renal & Hypertension Center >>

Eligibility Criteria

  • All full-time Tulane University faculty.
  • Nominees must have held Tulane University faculty appointment for at least three years.
  • Faculty must have served as an exceptional faculty mentor to one or more Tulane University faculty members


The award candidate may be nominated by an individual faculty member or group of faculty members.

The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of Tulane University faculty members. The Oliver Fund Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring committee will submit a prioritized list of candidates to the Provost. The Tulane University Senior Vice President and Provost, Michael Bernstein, will approve the final selection.


The award recipient will be announced on May 1, 2015. The award recipient will receive a plaque and a $5000 monetary award.

Once awarded, the Tulane University faculty member awardee is ineligible to receive the award for the three subsequent years.

The Oliver Fund Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring will be awarded on a bi-annual basis beginning in May 2013.

Nomination Forms

The nominating party must submit the following:

  • The online Oliver Fund Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Nomination Form, available here >>
  • Letter of Nomination (No more than two typewritten single space pages).
  • Table of faculty who have been mentored by the nominee including field of mentoring, approximate dates of mentoring, and current position of each junior faculty member.  See example here >>
  • Curriculum vitae for nominee and primary nominator.
  • Compelling nominations will include up to 5 additional letters of support (including those from current or former mentees) and documentation indicating contributions made by the nominee through the mentoring process.

Please email all supporting documentation to Gwyn Garrison at


Online applications -- nomination forms and supporting documentation -- will be due by 5:00 PM CST March 1, 2015.

Additional Information

If you have questions about the Oliver Fund Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring application, please contact:

Gwyn Garrison, M.Ed.
Senior Program Coordinator, Faculty Development & Mentoring Initiatives
(504) 988-6282

If you have other questions about the Oliver Fund Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring, please contact:

MA "Tonette" Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH
Associate Provost



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