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Gareth James Receives Provost's Mentoring Award

Deputy Dean and longtime data science professor honored for commitment to mentoring faculty, students.

May 01, 2021

Deputy Dean Gareth James wins Provost's Mentoring Award

Gareth James, Deputy Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, holder of the E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration and professor of data sciences and operations, received the 2021 Provost's Mentoring Award at the 40th annual Academic Honors Convocation, held Monday, April 13, 2021.

The prestigious university-wide award is given to only a select number of professors each year, and is based on a demonstrated record of mentorship as evidenced by peer recommendations and nomination by their dean.

“I am deeply honored to receive this meaningful award,” said James. “I am particularly gratified that my colleagues went to such extraordinary efforts to nominate me.”

In his letter to James in January, USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Charles F. Zukoski wrote, “This award is in recognition of your tremendous leadership, support, and guidance in providing opportunities for growth and recognition of your mentees’ work.

“Your dedication to mentoring and education has created a thriving and engaged academic community here at USC.”

Ellis Fan-Chuin Meng, professor of biomedical and electrical and computer engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering also received the Provost’s Mentoring Award this year.

Culture of Mentoring

The Marshall School is known for a culture of mentoring, and James is in good company. Past winners of the Provost's Mentoring Award include Nandini Rajagopalan, Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration and professor of management and organization, who was chosen for the award in 2017, and John Matsusaka, Charles F. Sexton Chair in American Enterprise, professor of finance and business economics, and executive director of the Initiative and Referendum Institute, in 2015.

All three professors have served at Marshall as Vice Deans for Faculty and Academic Affairs.