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Marymount Hosts ACE Fellow Julie Anderson

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dr. Julie Anderson, an associate professor of nursing at the University of North Dakota, is spending academic year 2012-13 as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow at Marymount University. Dr. Anderson is being mentored by Marymount’s president and provost. She will also spend time with each of the university’s vice presidents, in order to gain a broad understanding of the institution’s operations.

Dr. Anderson is one of 55 ACE fellows nationwide this academic year. The program is designed to “help ensure that higher education’s future leaders are ready to take on real-world challenges and serve the capacity-building needs of their institutions.”

Marymount President Matthew D. Shank notes, “Being selected for this program – as either a fellow or a host institution – is a significant honor. Having been an ACE Fellow myself, I know how valuable this experience can be.” He adds, “Dr. Anderson is the third ACE Fellow that Marymount University has hosted. As it happens, our first one, back in academic year 2002-03, was Dr. Sherri Lind Hughes, who returned to Marymount in 2008 to become our provost.”

Coming from a large public university, Julie Anderson says, “Marymount was my number-one choice. I wanted to deepen my understanding of private higher education, to see how a private institution interacts with its community and incorporates its mission, vision, and values in all aspects of its operations.” She
also notes, “I was attracted by Marymount’s location, adjacent to Washington, DC. This area provides educational and cultural resources that are very different from those available at my home institution in Grand Forks, North Dakota.”

During her tenure at the University of North Dakota, Dr. Anderson has served as associate dean for graduate studies for the College of Nursing, director of the Ph.D. program in Nursing, and interim dean of the College of Nursing. She is also a UND alumna, having earned her B.S.N.; M.S. in Parent/Child Nursing; and Ph.D. in Education, Research Methodologies there.

Dr. Anderson has extensive professional experience in neonatal intensive care. However, her academic research focuses on skin and wound care – a topic on which she has authored or coauthored more than 40 articles and book chapters. She currently serves on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Master’s Committee.

During her year at Marymount, Dr. Anderson will attend meetings of the senior administration and participate in the university’s strategic-planning process. She is also interested in working on Marymount’s civic-engagement initiatives. She notes, “I want to add value in my time here. Service is a core value at Marymount, and I want to see it even more threaded through the fabric of this university.”

Dr. Anderson’s experience is being made more interesting by the difference between Marymount University and her home institution. She says, “One of the bigger differences is the diversity of this community, which really enriches the learning experience. Marymount also does a great job of providing access to first-generation students. And there is a strong focus on global engagement here.” She adds, “While the University of North Dakota is public and a major research institution, there are also some similarities – especially the shared emphases on teaching and service.”

President Shank observes, “We are honored to participate in the ACE Fellows program, and I believe that it is mutually beneficial. Dr. Anderson has only been here for a few weeks, but she is already proving to be a valuable member of our leadership team as we move forward with strategic planning and other key initiatives.”

Looking beyond her year as an ACE Fellow, Julie Anderson says, “I want to have a wider impact on higher education in America. We need to broaden access and show young people, especially first-generation students, that they can succeed in college and become leaders in their communities and their chosen professions.”