Dilworth-Anderson, who came to UNC in 2002, earned her doctorate at Northwestern University. A sociologist by training, she has researched aging for nearly 40 years, with a focus on caregiving among minority elders and Alzheimer’s. She currently serves as the interim co-director of the Institute on Aging at UNC.
Dilworth-Anderson secured a federal grant from the National Institute on Aging in 2005, awarded to senior leaders and scientists in the field of aging to promote and advance aging research. She has used the funds — more than $500,000 over six years — to help support six junior investigators and to establish a mentoring group at UNC that focuses on minority aging and health disparities. The group has met monthly since 2005.
During her career, Dilworth-Anderson has mentored more than 20 doctoral students, as well as many junior and mid-career faculty members, from a variety of disciplines. At UNC, she has served on the Provost’s Task Force on Promotion, contributing to its mentoring section.
“Mid-career and even senior scholars often seek her out for her advice in working effectively with more junior colleagues,” said one nominator. “She is seen as a role model for minority and women scholars and trainees doing scholarship in minority aging across the University and throughout the United States.”
First awarded in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Awards are open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as fixed-term faculty who have taught at UNC for at least three years. A selection committee appointed by the executive vice chancellor and provost reviews and recommends the award recipients.