Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentoring Award

The Outstanding Mentoring Award recognizes individuals with an outstanding commitment to mentoring within The University of Arizona. This prestigious award honors and celebrates people who are making a difference through mentoring and who have significantly demonstrated a commitment above and beyond, through their individual mentoring accomplishments, their creation of high quality mentoring experiences for others, and their efforts contributing to building a mentoring culture at the University of Arizona.

Two awards are given: Outstanding Mentor - Staff, and Outstanding Mentor - Faculty


Nominees should demonstrate:

  • Their individual mentoring accomplishments
  • Their creation of high quality mentoring experiences for others (that facilitate growth and development)
  • Their efforts contribute to building a mentoring culture at the University of Arizona.

The nomination period for 2020 is now closed.


Awards were presented at the Visionary Leadership Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 16, 2020

2020 Awardees

  • Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award: Lucinda Rankin, Associate Professor, Educator Scholar Track, Department of Physiology
  • Outstanding Staff Mentoring Award: Karla Cruze-Silva, Senior Manager, Student Success, Thrive Center

Previous Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentoring Awardees


  • Outstanding Mentor: Guadalupe Federico, Assistant Dean, College of Medicine Phoenix
  • Faculty Award: Stephanie Troutman, Assistant Professor, English
  • Appointed Professional Award: Marti Lindsey, Associate Director, Center for Toxicology


  • Classified Staff: Pamela Denney, Administrative Associate, Yavapai County Office
  • Appointed Professional: Amanda Gluski, Director of Student Engagement, College of Nursing
  • Faculty: Judith Gordon, Professor, College of Nursing


  • Appointed Professional: Catherine Merrill, Project Manager, Technical and Deputy Project Manager, Steward Observatory 
  • Classified Staff: Lesa Langan-DuBerry, Program Coordinator, Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry
  • Faculty: Lalitha Madhaven, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Evelyn F. Mcknight Brain Institute, Molecular and Cellular Biology, BIO5 Institute, Medicine, Neuroscience GIDP, Physiological Sciences GIDP