Four Faculty Members Named MAC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows | UMM News

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan — Four outstanding faculty members have been selected to represent Western Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Academic Leadership Program (ALDP). Drs. Eric archer, Carla Adkison Johnson, Jennifer harrison and Matthew Mingus are the University’s 2021-22 ALDP scholars.

“I’m really excited to work with this year’s cohort,” says Dr Ed Martini, Vice-Rector of WMUx and Dean of Merze Tate College. “They are already leaders on our campus and in their fields, so they are uniquely positioned to take on new leadership roles and help move the University forward into the future.”

The program identifies faculty members with an interest in administration and provides academic leadership training and mentorship. Fellows, working closely with Martini and WMUx, participate in college-level programs, participate in MAC workshops, and create a portfolio documenting their experience. They also have the opportunity to meet former scholars and leaders from across campus.

“Fellows of the program have the chance to learn about a range of topics, from budgeting and strategic planning to conflict management and inclusive leadership,” said Martini. “They also have the opportunity to explore different leadership roles and to network outside the institution with other MAC Fellows. It is a great way for them to explore new professional opportunities while enhancing our own capacity. of institutional leadership. “

The fellows have been nominated by University Deans and the Faculty’s Senate Executive Council for their strong leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in current and past positions.


Dr Eric Archer

Dr Eric Archer is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in Higher Education and Associate Professor in Western’s Global and International Studies Program. In addition, he is Chairman of the Western Faculty Senate International Council on Education. His research interests focus on issues of diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, with an emphasis on international education and the internationalization of higher education in the United States and abroad. He is also active in research and consultancy work in several countries and international organizations, including Canada, the Dominican Republic, the European Union, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Switzerland. Archer has received a number of awards for his research and professional services, including the New Professional Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International Apartments Committee, the Nevitt Sanford Writing Award from College Student Educators-International (ACPA) and the Multicultural Advocate for Global Engagement Award from Western’s College of Education and Human Development.

Dr Carla Adkison-Johnson

Dr Carla Adkison-Johnson is a professor and acting chair of the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. She is known nationally for her research on culturally competent counseling and educational practices for African American children. His current book, “African American Child Discipline: Culturally Responsive Policies,” presents a qualitative study of the disciplinary practices of African American parents with school-aged children at home. She is the Co-Principal Investigator of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded project that focuses on a culturally competent behavioral health workforce. Dr Adkison-Johnson is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the College of Education and Human Development. She has served on the board of directors of the Council for Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP), the national and international accreditation body for the counseling profession. In this capacity, she chaired the CACREP training committee.

Dr Jennifer Harrison

Dr Jennifer Harrison is a social worker, addiction counselor, associate professor and interim director of the School of Social Work. Her clinical work focuses on people with concurrent needs. Harrison’s research interests and publication record include international social justice, concurrent needs, and behavioral health peer services. His teaching focuses on teaching in the field, direct practice of social work and the development of study abroad courses and partnerships in Guatemala, India and Mexico. She is the Senior Reviewer for the Michigan Loyalty Assessment and Support Team (MiFAST), providing reviews, consultations and training sessions to organizations implementing evidence-based practices across state and country. Harrison is a co-principal investigator in two HRSA-funded projects to impact the interprofessional behavioral health workforce, I-PEER and MY-PROUD, and has developed a digital application for scaling goal achievement with interprofessional occupational therapy colleagues, called Goal Scaling Solutions, Inc.

Dr Matthew Mingus

Dr Matthieu Mingus is professor of public affairs and administration, where he has been since 1998. He was visiting professor at China University of Electronic Science and Technology in 2013-14; was Senior Governance Advisor for the US State Department in Iraq in 2009-2010; and was the first Fulbright Research Chair at the Center on Governance at the University of Ottawa in 2005-2006. His research focuses heavily on cross-border issues and multilevel governance systems, which led to his most recent publication, “Factors Motivating the Timing of COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders by US Governors” (Policy Design and Practice, 2020). Prior to entering academia, he had five years of nonprofit leadership experience focused on drug prevention in the community and one year with the Department of Finance and the Treasury Board of Canada.

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