Allegheny College Hosts American Council on Education Fellow Lisa Henderson

Aug. 8, 2012 – Lisa Henderson will spend the 2012-2013 academic year at Allegheny College through the American Council on Education Fellows program. Henderson is a professor of education and director of undergraduate education programs at Baldwin Wallace University, which nominated her for the fellowship.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for leadership positions in college and university administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the program’s history, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

At Allegheny, Henderson will be working primarily with President James H. Mullen Jr. and Provost and Dean Linda C. DeMeritt. She anticipates gaining leadership proficiency in areas such as external and alumni relations and development, strategic planning, internal and external financial planning and reform, and community outreach and engagement.

“Selection as a host institution is a mark of the prestige of Allegheny College,” said Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program. “An ACE Fellow has selected this institution for its unique learning opportunities and the quality work that it is doing in educating students.”

Henderson earned a B.S. and a master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in early childhood education and development with an emphasis in curriculum supervision. She has eight years of public school teaching experience in elementary and middle grades and 20 years of experience in higher education. She has taught at Baldwin Wallace University since 1992.

Henderson is active in both national and state organizations and recently served as the co-president of the Ohio Field Directors’ Forum and as a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations. Her major research lines of inquiry, professional presentations and publications focus on teacher education, formative assessment and instructional mentoring. She is an active member of the Baldwin Wallace University community and has participated on numerous committees and in various leadership roles, including as chair of the Promotion and Tenure Council; co-chair of the Diversity, Integration and Inclusion Committee; Second Year Faculty Peer Evaluator; and Faculty Senator.

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

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.