Political Science Professor Alisa Rosenthal Named American Council on Education Fellow

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 by

Alisa Rosenthal addresses a class of Gustavus students.

Alisa Rosenthal addresses a class of Gustavus students.

American Council on Education (ACE) recently announced that Dr. Alisa Rosenthal, Gustavus Adolphus College political science professor and director of the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2016-17.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Thirty-three Fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

About Rosenthal

Rosenthal serves as associate professor of political science and director of Gustavus Adolphus College’s John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. An expert in constitutional law and history as well as political theory, she has been recognized with two of the College’s highest faculty honors, receiving the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2012 and the Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006.

As the director of the Kendall Center, Rosenthal is responsible for overseeing faculty development efforts on campus, facilitating effective teaching and learning, and supporting the scholarly, research, and creative endeavors of faculty. Under her leadership, the Center has devoted significant attention to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion both in the classroom and among the faculty. She has emphasized collaboration with offices focusing on community-based service and learning as well as international and cultural education.

In 2015 she was appointed as the co-chair of the Gustavus Strategic Action Team and has been a driving force in the formulation of the College’s new strategic plan. Previously, she served as the founding director of the Gustavus Fellowships Office, developing a process for identifying and recruiting high-achieving students as applicants for nationally competitive fellowships and awards. She currently serves on the Internal Budget Committee and Board of Trustees Finance Committees. In previous years, she served as vice-chair of the Faculty Senate and represented the faculty to the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee.

“Dr. Rosenthal is both committed to excellence and a champion for collaboration; she is thoughtful, bold, and passionate about the value of a liberal arts education; she is a respected leader on the Gustavus campus and, at the same time, is devoted to teaching and advising,” President Rebecca M. Bergman said. “Congratulations to Dr. Rosenthal and hats off to the ACE Fellows Program for selecting such an energetic, engaging, and dedicated professional.”

About the ACE Fellows Program

Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having served as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

“The ACE Fellows Program cultivates leaders prepared to meet the constantly evolving challenges of today’s higher education landscape,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “The diverse and talented 2016-17 Fellows class demonstrates why the program has been such a vital contributor for more than a half-century to expanding the leadership pipeline for our colleges and universities.”

The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year. Each Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the [nominating/sponsoring institution] while spending the next academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.

Throughout their placement, ACE Fellows will develop a network of higher education leaders from across the country and abroad through the Program’s three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE. Fellows will also read extensively in the field and engage in interactive learning opportunities to increase their understanding of higher education challenges and opportunities.

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 related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.


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