New cohort selected for Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership

November 4, 2015

Twenty-nine senior leaders from more than two dozen universities have been selected as fellows in the second cohort of Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, co-hosted by Arizona State University and Georgetown University.

The eight-month program, which begins Nov. 9 and takes place at Georgetown and ASU, focuses on preparing the fellows to lead organizational change at colleges and universities. Download Full Image

During four intensive sessions in the District of Columbia and Tempe, Arizona, fellows at the academy will be introduced to the latest thinking and research about change leadership, teaching and learning in a digital age, external challenges facing higher education and the financial sustainability of institutions.

Participants also will apply the principles of “design thinking” to re-imagine the future of higher education, and will focus on a real-world project during the program. A mix of seminars, hands-on workshops, design sessions and fireside chats with leading thinkers from various industries will help the fellows prepare for leading innovation at their own institutions.

Academy faculty members represent a cross-section of higher education scholars and leaders from other sectors, such as health care and the military, that are facing similar challenges.

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The fellows in the second cohort include:

Elizabeth Adams
Associate Vice President
Undergraduate Studies
California State University, Northridge

Paul Atchley
Associate Dean
Online and Professional Education
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Kansas

Mitchell Bailin
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Law Center
Georgetown University

Ellen Beaulieu
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
University of New England

Lisa Camp
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Case School of Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

Laura Cavender
Executive Director Strategic Communications
University of Pennsylvania

Maria Cimitile
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Grand Valley State University

Adrienne Davis
Vice Provost of the University
William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law
Washington University in St. Louis

Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University

Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Vice Provost for Capital Planning
and Regional Campuses
The Ohio State University

Stephen Feinson
Associate Vice President
ASU Global, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Arizona State University

Ryan N. Goodwin
University Innovation Alliance Fellow
University of Central Florida

Gregory L. Heileman
Associate Provost
University of New Mexico

Patrick Hughes
Associate Vice Provost
Undergraduate Education
Office of the Provost
Texas Tech University

Charles Isbell
Senior Associate Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

John Kotwicki
Associate Vice President for Tax
Special Assistant to Vice President and Treasurer
Georgetown University

Elke M. Leeds
Associate Vice President
Technology Enhanced Learning
Academic Affairs
Kennesaw State University

Scott Marshall
Vice Provost for Academic and Fiscal Planning
Portland State University

Emily F. Morris
Vice President for University Relations
St. Bonaventure University

Juan S. Munoz
Senior Vice President and Vice Provost
Texas Tech University

Eric R. Muth
Interim Associate Dean for Research
College of Business and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department
Clemson University

Thomas Payne
College of Business
Tennessee Technological University

Noah Pickus
Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost
Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Associate Research Professor of Public Policy Studies at the Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

Kevin Reynolds
Vice President Finance and Administration
Portland State University

Chad Tindol
Deputy General Counsel
Director of Risk Management
The University of Alabama System

Irem Y. Tumer
Associate Dean
Research and Economic Development
College of Engineering
Oregon State University

Elizabeth Wentz
Dean of Social Sciences
Professor of Geography and Urban Planning
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University

Jennifer Wisdom
Associate Vice President for Research
George Washington University

Kay N. Wolf
Vice Provost of Academic Policy and Faculty Resources
Office of Academic Affairs - College of Medicine
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The Ohio State University

Outstanding Doctoral Mentors named for 2015-2016

ASU Graduate Education honors 3 extraordinary professors in widely varying fields

November 4, 2015

An eminent scientist and engineer with transdisciplinary expertise in sustainability, an award-winning musician, and a distinguished history professor of the American West and tribal communities have been named the Outstanding Doctoral Mentors of 2015-2016 by Arizona State University Graduate Education.

A talented mentor can be critical to a doctoral student’s success, guiding them through the rigors of researching and publishing, dissertations and grant proposals, as well as professional independence and success in their future careers. Outstanding Doctoral Mentors of 2015-2016 The ASU Outstanding Doctoral Mentors for 2015-2016 are (from left) Donald Fixico, Paul Westerhoff and Margaret Schmidt.

“These three extraordinary professors with excellence in widely varying fields exemplify the commitment and caring of great mentors,” says Andrew Webber, interim dean for Graduate Education. “In addition, they also maintain a daunting schedule that includes teaching, professional memberships and service, speaking engagements and research.”

The mentors are:

Donald L. Fixico, Distinguished Foundation Professor of History
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Donald Fixico has mentored two dozen ASU doctoral students and advised numerous master’s students and junior faculty members since he arrived in 2004. As a Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, his work focuses on American Indians, oral history and the American West.

“I have never met such an effective and successful mentor as Professor Fixico,” says Farina King, a doctoral candidate in U.S. history. “I wouldn’t have come to ASU for my graduate studies if not for Professor Fixico’s outreach and efforts.”

Fixico has published 13 books and worked on nearly 20 historical film documentaries, in addition to publishing journal articles, papers and book chapters. Former President Clinton appointed him to the Advisory Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000. In addition to professional presentations, lectures and keynote speeches around the world, he works in an advisory and mentoring capacity with tribal communities, museums and indigenous organizations.

Learn more about his nomination.

Margaret Schmidt, assistant director, professor, School of Music
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

An accomplished musician and specialist in string education, Margaret Schmidt focuses on how to best prepare and educate preservice and beginning teachers, and teachers in underserved schools. In addition to serving on doctoral dissertation committees, she also guides research projects, teaches interns, and serves as an advisor to K-12 classes and their teachers.

“As a first-generation African American female, my success as a doctoral candidate is largely due to Dr. Margaret Schmidt’s guidance, commitment, selflessness and compassion as a professor, mentor and colleague,” says Joyce McCall, a doctoral candidate in the School of Music. 

Schmidt has published articles in leading education journals and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. She is founder and director of the ASU String Project, which won the Robert Jesselson String Project Consortium Award for the nation’s outstanding string project. The ASU String Project serves more than 180 area children each semester, taught by approximately 20 ASU student teachers. 

Learn more about her nomination.

Paul Westerhoff, senior adviser to the provost for engineering and science
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

As founding director for the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and vice provost for Academic Research Programming, Paul Westerhoff has received wide recognition for his work related to water treatment and developing novel treatment technologies to address emerging water issues.

With a strong publication and research record, Professor Westerhoff not only provides transdisciplinary training to his mentees, he also attracts numerous grants to fund ASU research.

“Where Dr. Westerhoff truly shines as an outstanding mentor is how he enables his graduate students to excel during their studies,” says Mac Gifford, a doctoral candidate in the Fulton Schools of Engineering. “Students are given opportunity for professional development and to make a global impact while at ASU through research experience, student awards and grant funding, and publication.”

Westerhoff serves as an advisor on numerous committees for organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB) – Environmental Engineering Committee, and has received several research awards.

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