The Faculty Mentor for Summer Immersive Fellowship Cohort will co-mentor the cohort of Curated Immersive Summer Fellows and Pitch Your Own Summer Immersives Fellows with their host organization supervisors and the Senior Director for Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities. Summer immersive fellowships provide Ph.D. students with the opportunity to gain experiences with host organizations in collaborative, mission-focused project work drawing on their high-level skills as researchers and writers.
Hannah Johnson, Professor of English, brings a collaborative approach to the role of Faculty Mentor role. In her experience of mentoring graduate students one-on-one, she has encouraged them to think strategically and holistically about career development opportunities available to them on campus and off. she supported a cohort of colleagues as they sought new directions for their writing and research agendas as facilitator of a Mid-Career Faculty Writing Accountability Group during the summer of 2021. Additionally, during Pitt’s shift to remote instruction, she assisted graduate and faculty instructors as they adapted their courses for remote delivery as the Multi-Modal Pedagogy Coordinator.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Patrick McKelvey’s approach to graduate advising emphasizes professional development, experiential learning, and career diversity. He also brings experience working in the non-profit theatre sector to the Faculty Mentor role. He conducted educational, dramaturgical, and institutional research for major producing organizations, including McCarter Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Sundance Theatre Festival. Before coming to Pitt, he was an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Florida State University.