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Professor Krebs selected for higher ed leadership program

Wheaton Professor of English Paula Krebs has been selected to participate in a yearlong program designed to prepare senior faculty and administrators for leadership positions in higher education.

The American Council on Education (ACE) named Krebs as one of its ACE Fellows for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.

TheACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Forty-six Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

"Professor Krebs is an exceptional educator, scholar and leader, and she will be a wonderful addition to the ACE fellows program," said Wheaton College President Ronald Crutcher. "She has contributed to the Wheaton community in many ways beyond her teaching and scholarship, helping to create new courses of study, coordinating institutional initiatives, developing a program to mentor future English professors and serving as a liaison between academic affairs and other parts of the institution, such as athletics."

Krebs directs the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS) at Wheaton – a month-long program aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue doctorates in English.

The former editor of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, Krebs is the author of Gender, Race, and the Writing of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), numerous scholarly articles on Victorian literature and culture, and many essays and columns about U.S. higher education. Her edition of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, co-edited with Tricia Lootens, was published in January by Pearson/Longman.

Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution while spending the next academic year (or semester or some other time frame) working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. 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. The Fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue to benefit (name of nominating institution).

Fellows 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.

Sharon A. McDade, Ed.D., director of the ACE Fellows Program, noted that most previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the nearly 1,700 participants in the first 45 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

“We’re extremely pleased with the strength of the incoming class,” McDade said. “The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”

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 seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.