ACE fellow says UD is place to be in higher ed administration

Ron Nowaczyk, chairperson of the Department of Psychology at East Carolina University, has been on UD's campus since August, observing administrative practices as part of his responsibility as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow.

Nowaczyk said he selected UD because of its outstanding reputation as a doctoral/research university. His focus in the ACE program is on faculty recruitment and retention issues.

"I have been well-received at the University of Delaware," Nowaczyk said. "The people here have been very open and have allowed me to observe the inner workings of the administrative and decision-making process. I've also been able to see how these decisions are implemented. Most people consider the University of Delaware as 'the place' to go to observe and study a well-run institution of higher learning."

The ACE fellows program is considered the premier higher education leadership development program in the country. It identifies and prepares senior faculty and administrators to become skilled in leadership practices.

Through observation and participation in higher education administration at the highest levels, fellows learn about a wide range of topics relevant to education leadership, including

Nowaczyk's fellowship at UD continues through May, at which time he will return to East Carolina University with a wealth of knowledge to share with his school's administration.

Three times during the year, the current class of 35 ACE fellows meets to exchange information regarding their experiences. After discussions with some of his peers, Nowaczyk said his decision to attend UD has been reinforced.

"The best thing about the University of Delaware," Nowaczyk said, "is that the administrative system in place at this institution is fairly well-defined. It is well-respected throughout the country as a leader in educational administration."

Completion of the ACE fellows program is viewed by many educators as a stepping-stone to a position in higher education administration.

"The fellowship can open up doors," Nowaczyk said, "but I also know I'll be able to go back and apply some of what I learned here and be a more effective department chair."