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June 1, 2016

— Two Asbury faculty members recently completed the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium’s Academic Leadership Academy

Two Asbury University faculty members recently completed the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium’s Academic Leadership Academy, joining 41 fellows from 12 colleges and universities in the Bluegrass region.

Participants from Asbury included Prof. Jill Campbell (assistant professor of Music Education and Voice) and Dr. Lisa Clifton (Bachelor of Social Work program director and associate professor of Social Work).

The Academic Leadership Academy is an initiative led by the presidents of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium’s 12 colleges and universities. The goal of the Academic Leadership Academy is to build future academic leaders in the Bluegrass region, encouraging faculty and staff to consider leadership careers and equipping them with skills  for institutional leadership. The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium and the Academic Leadership Academy are managed by Bluegrass Tomorrow.

This year’s Academic Leadership Academy fellows completed two full-day sessions, enjoying keynote addresses from several presidents of member universities and  presenting campus-wide projects to the other fellows in the program. Clifton and Campbell gave a presentation titled “Who Is My Neighbor? The Intentional Shaping of Global Awareness and Sensitivities at Asbury University.”

“This was very interesting to me, because we were able to dig into the cross-cultural experience of our students and understand more of the reasoning behind the requirement, as well as to investigate the current timeline in which students complete this requirement,” Campbell said. “We were able to present the rationale of Asbury in requiring a cross-cultural experience from a faith-based perspective. It was very well received by the other participants and leaders.”

Campbell says the Academic Leadership Academy challenged her to think about new dimensions of higher education and to consider how she can be a leader, not only in her department, but in the University as a whole.

“The Leadership Academy was an excellent opportunity for me, as a young professor, to look at issues beyond my department and office,” Campbell said. “It was so interesting to consider aspects of academia on the whole, such as faculty retention, budgeting and job considerations in higher education beyond the position of professor. I hope to contribute to more growth, better communication and innovative skills at Asbury through the things I learned during the Academic Leadership Academy.”