From Graduate Mentoring Awards, UC Berkeley 

Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Early-Career Faculty

Tianna Paschel, Associate Professor, African American Studies and Sociology

Tianna Paschel headshotProfessor Paschel’s nominators, who include many current and former students and colleagues spread through five departments, routinely speak of her going above and beyond in her service to them for their intellectual, professional, and personal development. “Her distinction lies not only in the volume of students that she mentors — many of whom have suffered grave disservices — but also in her drive to graciously fortify [them] to withstand setbacks and usher [them] toward [their] greatest capacity to contribute to our scholarly fields and communities.”

Professor Paschel practices an exquisite form of mentorship. “She balances expert and current guidance on every aspect of the PhD, from dissertation through the academic job market, while also bringing humor, joy, and humanity to her interactions with students. Further, she has clear guidelines and high expectations while also being understanding and compassionate.”

For these reasons highlighted, as well as many others raised by her nominators, the Graduate Council is honored to award Professor Tianna Paschel the 2024 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Early-Career Faculty.