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Jay Roberts named American Council on Education Fellow

March 28, 2019

Jay Roberts, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs at Earlham, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year.Jay Roberts, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs at Earlham, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. Following a nomination process by the senior administration at the College and a rigorous application process, Roberts is one of 39 Fellows selected from across the nation.

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 through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model.

“The ACE Fellows Program epitomizes ACE’s goal of enriching the capacity of leaders to innovate and adapt, and it fuels the expansion of a talented and diverse higher education leadership pipeline,” says ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Each year I am impressed by how many former Fellows are named to prominent leadership roles, which makes it even more exciting to meet each new cohort. I’m left wondering, ‘Where will these Fellows end up?’”

Roberts, who earned his doctorate at Miami University, came to Earlham in 2000 as director of outdoor education. He later joined the teaching faculty and was promoted to associate vice president of academic affairs in 2012. Roberts has led the College’s EPIC program, which helps students integrate their academic majors with transformative experiential learning including research, off-campus study, internships and leadership development. He is the author of two books on experiential education and has been a guest speaker at institutions across the United States.

“I am delighted that ACE has selected Jay as an ACE Fellow for the coming year, in recognition of his talents and skills and in support of his continuing professional development as a visionary leader in higher education,” said Rebecca Thomas, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Earlham. “Opportunities for this kind of development experience are wonderful for the institution as well as for the individual, and we look forward to hearing more about Jay’s work with his host institution during the upcoming year, and to his continuing contributions to Earlham College when he returns.” 

While Roberts’ placement has not yet been specified, he is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from colleagues at another college or university.

“This is a great opportunity for me to experience another institution and learn alongside a President and other senior leaders. As we know, higher education is undergoing a tremendous amount of change and disruption at the present time. The ACE Fellowship will give me the chance to develop leadership skills, learn about innovative practices and strategies, and see how things work on other campuses.”

The program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship placement.

At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. We rank 7th nationally by Princeton Review for Best Classroom Experience and 22nd by U.S. News and World Report for commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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