Michael Arenth, director of Educational Technologies for the Teaching Center, received the 2019 University of Pittsburgh Staff Council Mentor Award. The award recognizes staff members who place immense value on the act of mentorship and exhibit a passion for fostering career growth for staff on their teams. The award was presented during the University’s Staff Recognition Ceremony on Dec. 5, 2019.
“It was an honor to receive the 2019 Staff Council Mentor Award,” Arenth said. He has worn many hats for the University Center for Teaching and Learning (previously the Center for Instructional Design and Distance Education and the University Center for Instructional Resources) in more than three decades of service. He values the relationships he’s built across University schools, departments, and campuses immensely.
“Over the course of my career at Pitt, I have been fortunate to have several superb mentors to guide and teach me. Some have been very deliberate with their mentoring while others just modeled professional work habits that I could easily emulate. In every case, they improved my job performance, advanced my career, and enhanced my job satisfaction. Many thanks to the University of Pittsburgh Staff Council for raising awareness of the necessity of staff mentoring at Pitt.”
Recipients of the staff mentor award are nominated by peers. Those nominating Arenth commended his patience, guidance, and ever-positive attitude. One of the staff members nominating Arenth said that “since working with Mike, I have gone from having a job to having a career.”