The American Council on Education has selected UT Arlington Political Science Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers for its 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program.
ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, and advocates on higher education issues in Washington and around the world.
President Vistasp Karbhari nominated Farrar-Myers for the prestigious program, which selected a total of 31 college and university leaders. ACE Fellows spend a semester to a year at a host university honing their leadership skills.
“Dr. Farrar-Myers is a tremendously gifted scholar, and the ACE Fellow opportunity will only strengthen her already distinguishing and innovative leadership skills in the areas of presidential and congressional studies and research,” Karbhari said. “We are extremely fortunate to count Dr. Farrar-Myers as one of our own, and we look forward to having her return to UT Arlington to share what she has learned.”
Farrar-Myers was named a 2013-14 ACE Fellow, but her appointment was postponed due to her 2013-14 Fulbright Distinguished Chair appointment at Flinders University in Australia.
“Given my Fulbright experience, I am even more committed to finding innovative and cost-efficient ways to internationalize and globalize the educational experiences we can offer every student,” said Farrar-Myers, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts.
“As a lifelong advocate of civic engagement, I believe strongly in developing academic programming that fosters critical thinking and engagement of students in the broader world around them.”
Farrar-Myers’ host institution will be announced at a later date, as details about her assignment are still being determined.
Farrar-Myers joined UT Arlington in 1998. She is an expert in the American presidency and is a 2012 recipient of The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She is an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and has been a national finalist for The Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Service Before Self Honors.
The ACE Fellows Program combines three retreats on higher education issues organized by ACE, 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.
Joan Wodiska, vice president and chief leadership officer for ACE, noted that many previous Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration.
“For nearly 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has transformed lives and grown future leaders,” Wodiska said. “The ACE Fellows Program is unique. The program immerses Fellows in learning experiences to gain insight and understanding into the changing environment of higher education.”
About the ACE Fellows Program
Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans. Visit www.acenet.edu to learn more. Follow @ACEFellowsPro and join the conversation at #ACEFellows14.
About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more. Follow #UTAdna on Twitter.