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MTSU Professor Lands American Council on Education Fellowship


The director of MTSU’s women’s and gender studies program has been granted a fellowship in one of the most heralded leadership programs in the nation.

The American Council on Education has announced that Dr. Newtona “Tina” Johnson has been named an ACE fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The ACE Fellows Program “helps ensure that higher education’s future leaders are ready to take on real-world challenges and serve the capacity-building needs of their institutions,” according to www.acenet.edu.

Johnson is one of 50 fellows selected for this academic year. Nearly 2,000 men and women have participated in the program since its inception in 1965.

More than 300 of those fellows have been chief executive officers of colleges or universities. More than 1,300 have been provosts, vice presidents and deans.

“It is a great honor to be selected as an ACE Fellow,” said Dr. Brad Bartel, university provost. “Tina will represent MTSU with distinction in this role. Her fellowship will allow her to grow as an administrator and present new insights into the rapidly changing landscape of higher education.”

“I am very happy to have been selected to participate in this prestigious leadership program,” said Johnson. “The ACE Fellows Program will provide me a unique opportunity to develop an institutional view and enrich my knowledge of higher education leadership and administration.”

As director of women’s and gender studies, a position she has held since 1998, Johnson has established a graduate certificate program, and the overall program’s mission statement was revised to include international education.

Johnson, who also is an English professor, has developed and taught literature courses that focus on racial, ethnic, gender and global cultural diversities. Her research activities focus primarily on issues related to women and gender, particularly in the fields of postcolonial and African diaspora literature and critical theory.

ACE Fellows will engage in retreats, interactive learning opportunities and visits to other campuses, as well as special projects and assignments under the mentorship of a team of experienced administrators.