Bryn Mawr College Hosts ACE Fellow Susan Mackey-Kallis for 2011-12 Academic Year

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 2:44 pm.

mackey-kallisSusan Mackey-Kallis, an associate professor of communication at Villanova University, will spend the 2011-12 academic year at Bryn Mawr as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Fifty fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year in a national competition. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 46 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

Mackey-Kallis has held several administrative positions and served on various committees at Villanova. In 2008-2009 she was granted a leave from Villanova to serve as the interim dean of Gwynedd-Mercy College’s School of Arts and Sciences. While at Gwynedd-Mercy she initiated the School of Arts and Sciences’ first strategic plan and developed a proposal for a new major in communications, among other achievements.

Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to their nominating institution while spending all or part of the academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. Mackey-Kallis will be looking at best practices related to internationalization efforts in higher education.

The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, and campus visits to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to get a 360-degree view of presidential and administrative leadership at Bryn Mawr. There is so much I want to learn and Bryn Mawr offers an amazing place and an impressive group of leaders to learn from,” says Mackey-Kallis.

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