Professor Roze Hentschell, a scholar of early modern literature and culture and associate dean for academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, has been selected as one of 52 emerging college and university leaders for the 2021-22 class of the American Council on Education Fellows Program.
Formed in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is the longest-running leadership development program in the United States. It has strengthened institutions in American higher education by identifying and preparing more than 2,000 faculty, staff, and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model. Of the Fellows who have participated to date, more than 80 percent have gone on to serve as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, other cabinet-level positions, and deans.
“ACE Fellows gain career-enriching experience in leadership, innovation, and problem-solving,” ACE President Ted Mitchell said. “These are just the kind of skill sets that will be absolutely essential for moving higher education forward during difficult times.”
Hentschell has been at CSU since August 2002. In her role as associate dean for academic programs, she oversees all undergraduate and graduate programs, curriculum, and student success initiatives. She works with faculty and staff to promote and foster student success and has been committed to enhancing access and success for underrepresented students. She represents CLA on several university-level committees, including the CORE Team for Student Success, Graduate Education Council, and the International Affairs Committee.
She is professor of English with a specialization in early modern studies. Her first book, The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England: Textual Constructions of a National Identity, was published by Ashgate Press. She is also the co-editor of Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650, with Amanda Bailey (Palgrave), and Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations, with Kathy Lavezzo (University of Delaware Press). Her second book, St Paul’s Cathedral Precinct in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Spatial Practices, was published in 2020 by Oxford University Press.
“I am excited to learn from the placement institution’s administrative structure and, in particular, how the leadership at that institution navigates difficult times, manages change, and communicates efforts. As we imagine higher education thriving post-pandemic, we must look not only to our own structures and people, but to our colleagues at other institutions for best practices, good ideas, and big thinking. I am eager to meet and learn from the other members of the cohort and become immersed as a student of higher ed leadership,” Hentschell said.
“The pandemic has revealed fissures in higher education, disrupted business as usual, and allowed us to think differently about who we want to be as an institution. I am energized by the idea that I could be part of a national conversation that takes a hard look, but a positive outlook, on the future of higher education. The opportunity to work closely with individuals and teams at the placement university around a set of issues and observe decision-making processes will provide a rare opportunity that I hope will benefit CSU into the future.”
“I am grateful to the CSU senior leadership and Dean Ben Withers for their support through this process.”
“Dr. Hentschell’s selection as an ACE Fellow is a reflection of her outstanding leadership and dedication to improving inclusive excellence for all, and it stands as a point of pride for our entire university,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Mary Pedersen. “I congratulate her and look forward to sharing in the wealth of knowledge and ideas she will bring back to CSU following this prestigious fellowship.”
Benjamin C. Withers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, “We are all proud to see Roze’s past and potential leadership recognized through this ACE Fellowship. She’s made a tremendous contribution to CLA and now will carry CSU’s name forward as part of this national network. It is an honor and also hard work; she’ll explore how other institutions approach questions that are crucial to our future and she’ll be able to share that knowledge with us.”
ACE Fellow activities
ACE, Lumina Foundation, and education and technology company Cengage have partnered to offer this unique learning experience and a generous grant to selected ACE Fellows who are interested in addressing educational quality and equity in student success as part of their Fellowship.
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. The year ahead will present many opportunities for ACE Fellows to gain an even closer view of leadership in action. Placement institutions will have the benefit of an experienced leader who can lend a fresh perspective to emerging or ongoing institutional challenges.
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. For more information, visit the ACE Fellows program page.
ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, its strength lies in its diverse membership of more than 1,700 colleges and universities, related associations, and other organizations in America and abroad. ACE is the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private. For more information, visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.