Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards

The Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Programs Call for Nominations

Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards for 2015

Nomination Deadline:  Friday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m.

In 1998, the Faculty Mentor Program and the Educational Opportunity Programs established the “Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award” in recognition of Professor Don Dorsey’s invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training over two decades.  Dr. Dorsey, Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling, helped develop CSUN’s first mentor training program, and devoted himself as a mentor to innumerable students.  These awards are presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN.  A reception honoring the recipients will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015at the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room (located in the west wing at the lower level of the Oviatt Library), from 5 -7pm.


Nomination Guidelines

Faculty, Staff, and Administrators may be nominated for these awards. 


•  Exceptional mentoring of past or present CSUN students

•  Holistic approach to mentoring, including academic and personal support and in informal and intangible ways

•  Proactive involvement in the university’s commitment to the success of students of diverse backgrounds and communities 

We especially want to honor mentors who have not been recognized previously by our university for their valuable work.

Complete the nomination form, include support materials from students, and submit by Friday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., to Glenn Omatsu, Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program, EOP Central, University Hall 205 (campus mail code: 8366); e-mail:  glenn.omatsu@csun.edu


Awardees from 2014:

2014 Don Dorsey Awards Recipients

Mack Johnson posthumous mentoring award

(November, 2014) The Faculty Mentor Program and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) hosted a celebration in honor of the recipients of the 2014 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards* 

2014 Recipients:
Professor Vickie Jensen, Sociology
Emeritus Professor Carol Kelly, Child & Adolescent Development
Professor Terri Lisagor, Family and Consumer Science
Professor Mary Pardo, Chicana/o Studies
Posthumus Mentoring Award - Dr. Mack Johnson, Associate Vice President Graduate Studies & International Programs


Professor Vickie Jensen of Sociology has taught at CSUN since 1997 and holds a B.A. from University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. from University of Colorado.  Her area of concentration is criminology, and students and alumni lauded her research and active engagement on issues related to domestic violence.  She was nominated for the award by her colleague Professor James David Ballard.

Emeritus Professor Carol Kelly of Child and Adolescent Development began teaching at CSUN in 1969 and continues to mentor people through her department’s alumni association.  She holds a B.S. from Ohio State University, an M.S. from University of Nevada, and an Ed.D. from UCLA.  She was nominated for the award by alumnus and doctoral candidate Marta Gonzalez who is also President of the CSUN Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter.

Professor Terri Lisagor of Family and Consumer Sciences has taught at CSUN for more than two decades and has incorporated mentoring into service-learning classes and projects and her work as a faculty advisor. She holds a B.A. from UCLA, an M.S. from CSUN, and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University. She was nominated for the award by her colleague, Professor Yi (Tom) Cai.

Professor Mary Pardo, Chair of Chicana/o Studies, is being honored for outstanding service to EOP and mentoring of EOP students for the past four decades. She has taught at CSUN since 1978 and is the author of Mexican American Women Activists: History and Resistance in Two Los Angeles Communities.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 1990, and her areas of expertise focus on women of color and grassroots activism, urban sociology, women and work, and feminist theory.

A special posthumous mentoring award was presented in memory of Dr. Mack Johnson, Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs, and Biology professor.  Dr. Johnson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Virginia, a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University, and a Ph.D. in veterinary and comparative pathology from Washington State University.  He passed away in 2012.

*See images of the reception here!

* In May 1998, the Faculty Mentor Training Program and the EOP established the “Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award” in recognition of Professor Dorsey’s invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training at CSUN. This award is presented to faculty, staff, administrators, and/or students who have made exceptional contributions to mentoring at CSUN. The first recipient was the award's namesake, Dr. Don Dorsey.


Click to see the awardees from past years:


1998 Awardee

Professor Don Dorsey
Educational Psychology and Counseling


1999 Awardee

José Luis Vargas
Director of EOP


2000 Awardees

Margaret Brown
Health and Human Development Student Services/EOP

J. Patrick Geary
Graduate Student
Educational Psychology and Counseling

Professor Maria Elena Zavala



2001 Awardees

Professor Behzad Bavarian
Materials Engineering

Rosemary Muñiz

Administrative Support Coordinator
Admissions and Records

Dr. Gordon Nakagawa
Office of Equity and Diversity

Joseph Roberson
Graduate Student
Educational Psychology and Counseling


2002 Awardees

Professor Scott Plunkett
Family Environmental Sciences

Dr. Karen Green

Distance Education Coordinator & Externship


2003 Awardee

Professor Carrie Saetermoe


2004 Awardees

Professor Merril Simon
Educational Psychology and Counseling

Shelly Thompson
Student Services Center/EOP, Humanities


2005 Awardees

Frankline Augustin
Student Services Center/EOP, Mathematics and Science

Professor Gina Masequesmay
Asian American Studies


2006 Awardee

Professor Duane Doty
Physics and Anatomy


2007 Awardees

Professor James Sefton

Robert Stoneham
Learning Resource Center


2008 Awardees

Professor Scott Andrews

Shiva Parsa
EOP Transitional Programs


2009 Awardees

Professor Michael Silvia
Developmental Math

Groundskeeper Thomas Katenay
Physical Plant Management

Professor Rodolfo Acuña
Chicana/o Studies


2010 Awardees

Professor Jeanine Mingé
Communication Studies

Nurse Practioner Jane Santoro
Klotz Student Health Center

Professor Rie Rogers Mitchell
Educational Psychology and Counseling


2011 Awardees

Professor Lauren McDonald

Professor Jorge Garcia
Chicana/o Studies

Professor King Carter
Pan African Studies & EOP Transitional Programs

@CSUN Feature of 2011 Don Dorsey Awards
Images of 2011 Award Ceremony


2012 Awardees

Professor Bradley McAuliff

Mr. Christopher Aston
Assistant Director of Student Development

Dr. Linda Reid Chassiakos
Klotz Student Health Center

Professor Bridget Sampson
Communication Studies


2013 Awardees

Parthenia Hosch
Administrative Analyst

Professor Cindy Malone

Professor Gabriela Chavira

Professor Everto "Veto" Ruiz
Chicana/o Studies

@CSUN Feature of 2013 Don Dorsey Awards
Images of 2013 Award Ceremony


2014 Awardees

Professor Vickie Jensen

Emeritus Professor Carol Kelly 
Child & Adolescent Development

Professor Mary Pardo
Chicana/o Studies

Professor Terri Lisagor
Family and Consumer Sciences

Posthumous Mentoring Award: Dr. Mack Johnson
Associate Vice President, Graduate Studies & International Programs

Images of 2014 Award Ceremony