ASC Art Prof Doell named American Council on Education Fellow


Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education (ACE), recently announced that Adams State College Art Professor Margaret Doell was named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2012-13. She was one of 57 fellows selected this year following a rigorous application process.

As an ACE Fellow, Doell will spend the upcoming academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. Fellows are also asked to focus on an issue of concern to their home institutions. Doell hopes to investigate best practices in shared governance on college and university campuses.

"I've always been interested in how things work, in getting the big picture," Doell said. "The ACE Fellowship is an opportunity to further my understanding of how higher education functions, and hopefully, to make useful contributions on the way."

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program strengthens institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration Doell was nominated for the Fellowship by Adams State President David Svaldi, who himself served as an ACE Fellow at the University of Wyoming from 1993-95.

"The selection process for the ACE Fellowship is extremely selective and rigorous and her selection speaks volumes about Margaret Doell," Svaldi said. "She has been an excellent chair of the Art Department, and I have always been impressed by her personally, as well as by her administrative skills. She has much to offer as a future leader in higher education. The ACE Fellowship will broaden her experience in higher education and also give her depth of experience as she participates in decision making at an institution different than ASC."

Doell joined the Adams State Art Department Faculty in 1996 and assumed leadership of the department in 2003. In addition to her duties as chair, she primarily teaches printmaking and photography. In 2011, the Adams State Associated Students & Faculty presented her with its award for Excellence in Student Engagement.

In 2006-07, Doell served three semesters as ASC's interim assistant provost for Academic Affairs. In 2010, she attended the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. This intensive two-week institute delved into most aspects of higher education administration, including but not limited to: budgeting, conflict resolution, first generation students, diversity, and different administrative roles in higher education.

"The HERS experience was really pivotal for me. It made me realize the value of the various experiences I've had at Adams State."

Doell has also taught at University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University), Kamloops, British Columbia; Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, and Concordia University in Montreal.

Doell's work is included in several private and corporate collections, and she has exhibited in many solo and group shows.

In 1989, Doell earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Manitoba, Canada, then spent a year as resident artist in printmaking at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta before completing her Master's of Fine Arts in printmaking from Concordia University in 1993. She also holds a number of certificates in digital photography from Maine Media Workshops.

Sharon A. McDade, Ed.D., director of the ACE Fellows Program, said Doell's selection was based on a thorough consideration of her academic credentials and potential for administrative leadership, the recommendations of professional colleagues, the judgment of interviewing teams of senior administrators, and overall qualifications as measured against the standards of the program

McDade noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

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. Fellows also attend three week-long retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, read extensively in the field, and engage in other activities to enhance their knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education today.

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 provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more visit ACE.

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By Julie Waechter