Antioch University New England Hosts ACE Fellow

According to AUNE president David Caruso Dr. Karen Graham, one of forty-six 2010-11 American Council on Education (ACE) fellows, will spend the fall and spring semesters at this campus. Dr. Graham is a full professor in the department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education at UNH.

“We’re excited to welcome Karen Graham to our campus and the Antioch University New England community,” said President Caruso. “I’m looking forward to working with her and am honored to take part in the ACE Fellows Program.”

This is the first time that Antioch University New England has hosted an ACE fellow.

“Selection as a host institution is a mark of the prestige of Antioch University New England. An ACE fellow has selected this institution for its unique learning opportunities and the quality work that it is doing in educating students,” explained Dr. Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program.

Established in 1965 by the American Council on Education, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for eventual advancement into senior leadership positions in college and university administration.

ACE fellows, nominated by the presidents of their institutions, are selected in a national competition. Of the more than 1,500 participants in the 45 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers, and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

Dr. Graham was nominated for the ACE fellowship by Dr. John Aber, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at UNH. Under her leadership, the Leitzel Center has established a record of external funding, primarily from the National Science Foundation, and a reputation for quality programs that benefit UNH students, as well as pre-college students and teachers throughout New Hampshire and northern New England. She previously served as interim chair of the department of Mathematics and Statistics and co-director of the Master of Science for Teacher’s program at UNH. Her scholarly interests include the teaching and learning of calculus, mathematics curriculum evaluation and mathematics teacher development.

Each ACE fellow focuses on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while being mentored by the college or university president and other senior officers at the host institution. The fellow is included in the highest level of decision-making, participates in administrative activities and works on specific issues or projects at the host institution. Fellows attend three weeklong seminars on higher-education issues organized by ACE, as well as the ACE annual meeting; read extensively in the field; visit a range of other higher-education institutions; and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today and in the century ahead.

During her fellowship at AUNE, Dr. Graham will work as a special assistant to President Caruso and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet.

“We’re extremely pleased with the strengths of this class of fellows,” Dr. McDade said. “The individuals selected have demonstrated strong records of accomplishment. The Fellows Program will sharpen their leadership skills, expand their network and prepare them to address vital issues of concern to the future of higher education.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher-education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher-education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.