Shelton named Butler College master

Butler master

Nicole Shelton

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Professor of Psychology Nicole Shelton has been named master of Butler College, one of Princeton's six residential colleges. She will begin her four-year term on July 1.

Shelton will succeed Sanjeev Kulkarni, a professor of electrical engineering and director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, who has served as the master of Butler College since 2004.

Shelton, who joined the Princeton faculty in 2000, focuses her research and teaching on understanding prejudice and discrimination from the target's perspective. She has received two of the University's top teaching awards, the Graduate Mentoring Award in 2011 and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2008.

Shelton's active engagement in the University community includes service as a member of the search committee for the vice president for campus life in 2009-10, the Committee on Conference and Faculty Appeal from 2009 to 2012, the Curriculum Committee of the Center for African American Studies from 2008 to 2010, the Committee on Judicial Appeals in 2008, and the University Committee on Discipline from 2006 to 2008.

She served as a faculty mentor for the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience from 2007 to 2010, as an undergraduate faculty mentor for the Mellon Foundation from 2006 to 2008, as an academic adviser at Mathey College from 2003 to the present and as an undergraduate faculty mentor for the Freshman Scholars Institute for the 2000-01 academic year.

The appointment was announced by Dean of the College Valerie Smith and Dean of Undergraduate Students Kathleen Deignan. A faculty member serves as the head of each of Princeton's residential colleges. The masters work closely with their staffs to build supportive communities and to devise programs and activities to extend education beyond the classroom.