MENTOR (Mentorship through Effective Networking, Transformational Opportunities, and Research) Institute


Create a sustainable research institute that offers inclusive and evidence-based resources and training on mentoring for faculty and students.

Leadership Team

Dr. Andrea Romero, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Dr. Andrea Romero is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor in Family Studies and Human Development with courtesy appointments in both Mexican American Studies and Psychology. Faculty Affairs serves to support faculty through their career lifespan, from recruitment, hire, advancement, promotion, and retention. Through leadership, collaboration, and innovation, Dr. Romero works closely with faculty, department heads, deans,  and a wide range of groups across campus to advance initiatives to recruit, promote and retain high-quality faculty. Dr. Romero is grateful to all the mentors who have been part of her journey.  She has a strong interdisciplinary perspective and a solid track record of mentoring diverse faculty. Dr. Romero has been invited to give presentations on mentoring to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty regularly since 2007. She has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students for their research, community work, and degree completion. In addition, she has been active in organizing peer mentoring for faculty, particularly among BIPOC and women faculty. Mentoring has been a key component of her work in Faculty Affairs including faculty peer mentoring for promotion and mentoring for department heads. She is looking forward to further expanding work in Faculty Affairs to also improve mentoring with graduate students and undergraduate students.

Professor, Family Studies and Human Development

Contact information:

Tel. 520-626-0202 

Dr. Bryan Carter, Faculty Co-Director

Dr. Carter serves as the Co-Director of the MENTOR Institute. Dr. Carter has expertise in the practice of mentoring and will bring the institutionalization of meaningful mentoring programs. Dr. Carter also brings extensive experience and wisdom working with inclusive practices around mentoring undergraduate and graduate students through his professorship and work with community partners. Dr. Carter has mentored countless number of students and helped them navigate higher education. Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies in the College of Humanities and Director of the Center for Digital Humanities. 

Contact information:

Tel. 520-621-0110

Dr. Ron Hammer, Faculty Co-Director

Dr. Hammer serves as Co-Director of the MENTOR Institute. He is trained as a mentor facilitator by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has facilitated mentor training sessions using the National Research Mentor Network (NRMN) materials across campus with emphasis in STEM. Dr. Hammer has extensive experience mentoring postdocs, undergraduates, medical students and early career faculty. Dr. Hammer is a professor of Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Co-chair for Graduate Council and Co-director of the Clinical Translational Sciences graduate program. 

Contact information:

Tel. 602-827-2112

Tara Chandler, Assistant Director

Tara Chandler serves as the Assistant Director, Faculty Mentoring Initiatives. Her primary focus is to help coordinate UArizona Faculty Affairs MENTOR Institute activities which includes on-line internal training to support mentoring faculty and graduate students, coordinate faculty peer group mentoring communities, support the MENTOR Institute faculty directors and contribute to the implementation of innovative mentoring strategies. 

For more information

If you have questions about the MENTOR Institute, please email Tara Chandler at

  • Adrián Arroyo Pérez, Associate Director, Faculty Programs, Office of the Provost
  • Kevin Bonine, Director, Education-Outreach Biosphere 2
  • Margaret Briehl, Professor, Pathology
  • Melody Buckner, Associate Vice Provost, Digital Learning and Online Initiatives
  • Andrew Carnie, Vice Provost/Dean, Graduate Education
  • Bryan Carter, Associate Professor, Africana Studies
  • Tamara Carter, Graduate Student, Rhetoric, Composition & Teach English
  • Regina Deil-Amen, Department Head, Education Policy Studies and Practice
  • Nura Dualeh, Director, ASEMS
  • Lisa Elfring, Associate Vice Provost, Office of Instruction/Assessment
  • Guadalupe Federico, Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs, COM Phx
  • Jennifer Fields, Director, Office of Societal Impacts
  • Julie Forster, Leadership Advisor/Sr. Organizational Development Consultant
  • Karen Francis-Begay, Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives
  • Marla Franco, Assistant Vice Provost, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives
  • Jeremy Garcia, Associate Professor, Teaching/Learning and Sociocultural Studies
  • Ron Hammer, Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, COM Phx
  • Jennifer Hatcher, Professor, Public Health
  • Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, COM Phx
  • Jenny Hoit, Professor, Speech/Language and Hearing
  • Christina Kalel, Assistant Director, Faculty Affairs, COM Tucson
  • Lydia Kennedy, Senior Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UAHS
  • Kasi Kiehlbaugh, Director Health Sciences Design
  • Sonja Lanehart, Professor, Linguistics
  • Eric Mapp, Department Head, College of Applied Science & Technology
  • Judy Marquez Kiyama, Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Development
  • Robert Miller, Director, School of Architecture
  • Alice Min Simpkins, Assistant Dean, Career Development, Dept. of Emergency Medicine
  • Brandy Perkl, Associate Professor of Practice, College of Applied Science & Technology
  • Shilpita Sen, Graduate Student, College of Law
  • Kimberly Sierra-Cajas, Director Undergraduate Research and Inquiry