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UC Davis linguist Robert Bayley

Robert Bayley Honored by Linguistics Society of America for Student Mentoring

The Linguistics Society of America recently selected Robert Bayley from the UC Davis College of Letters and Science as the recipient of its 2023 Mentoring Award.

Bayley — a research professor in the Department of Linguistics who earned the honor for his commitment to students before, during and long after their studies with him — has mentored no fewer than 62 undergraduate and graduate students at UC Davis and around the world during an academic career spanning more than a half-century.

“From the time that prospective students contact him to inquire about the program to many years down the line, when those same students are faculty members at institutions around the globe, Professor Bayley unwaveringly supports his mentees at every stage of their careers,” the LSA awards committee said in an announcement.

Bayley retired from teaching last July, but continues to work with honors students and is supervising several doctoral dissertations.

He taught for 54 years in seven countries — Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, China, Italy and Mexico, in addition to the U.S. — with four of those countries through the Fulbright Program. He joined UC Davis in 2006, and described his next 16 years of teaching as “the very best years.”

The award will be presented at the LSA annual meeting in Denver next January.

— Kathleen Holder, content strategist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science

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