Menlo Professor Receives Mentoring Award

August 31, 2011

During this week’s gathering of the American Political Science Association in Seattle, Dr. Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science at Menlo College, will receive an award for her mentoring. The 2011 Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino/a Junior Faculty in Political Science recognizes “exceptional mentoring” and is given by the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession in honor of Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell, who was the first Latina to earn a doctorate in political science.

“Mentoring is not the sort of thing that is generally acknowledged, so it’s nice to be recognized for it,” said Dr. Michelson, who mentors junior faculty at Menlo College as well as other universities. “I do it a lot because I enjoy it, and I think mentoring of people of color is particularly important, since the profession has a diversity gap. Ninety percent of political scientists are white.”

The award will be presented at a reception on Friday evening, which is co-sponsored by the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession and the Latino Caucus in Political Science.