Susan Colby

Susan Colby is one of 38 fellows selected as an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2020–21 academic year.

BOONE — Appalachian State University’s Susan Colby, director of faculty professional development in the university’s Center for Academic Excellence and professor in the Reich College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian, was one of 38 fellows selected nationally as an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2020–21 academic year.

“The ACE Fellows Program is unique in its ability to transform the lives and enrich the careers of its participants,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “After an intensive experience working with accomplished higher education leaders, the fellows will return to their home campuses prepared to address the challenges of tomorrow.”

Since its inception in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program’s mission has been to strengthen institutions in American higher education. it does so by identifying and preparing over 2,000 faculty, staff and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership through its intensive, nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model.

Colby, who thanked Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts and the university’s Division of Academic Affairs for nominating her, said she looks forward to participating in the leadership development program that will provide her with the opportunity to deepen her knowledge and skill as an academic leader.

“After completing this fellowship, I will be better prepared to help advance the Appalachian institutional mission and serve the campus community,” Colby said.

Colby joined the Reich College of Education faculty in 2003 after serving two years as an assistant professor at East Carolina University. She served as chair of RCOE’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction for four years and as the department’s assistant chair for seven. Prior to academia, she served in the public schools of Florida and Colorado as a principal, teacher, clinical professor and Title I director.

She is currently serving as past president for the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness and is associate executive director for the Women in Educational Leadership Symposium.

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