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Press Release

Debra Humphreys
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-387-3760 ext. 422

AAC&U Appoints Paul Nelson as New Senior Fellow

Washington, DC—March 26, 2007—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Paul Nelson as Senior Fellow. Nelson, former director of the Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education for the American Psychological Association (APA), will be working with AAC&U’s Office of Education and Institutional Renewal on projects related to the Association’s commitment to supporting faculty.

“After working with Paul on the Preparing Future Faculty Project, we are delighted that he has agreed to join us as a senior fellow,” says Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Vice President, Office of Education and Institutional Renewal, AAC&U. “His impressive work at the APA made significant contributions to the field of undergraduate education, and his skills and background will be valuable as he helps AAC&U craft projects related to the changing nature of faculty work and academic leadership.”

In his role as senior fellow, Nelson will be working with AAC&U staff on initiatives related to the role of faculty as architects of the curriculum, cultivators of their disciplines, and institutional citizens. Prior to his appointment as senior fellow, Nelson had already begun creating a proposal to re-conceive introductory courses at colleges and universities, and he plans to expand upon this work during his tenure at AAC&U.

Dr. Nelson received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. Following a career in the U.S. Navy as a research psychologist, he has served the American Psychological Association in several positions, first as director, Office of Program Consultation, and more recently, as deputy executive director and director, Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education, Education Directorate. His research interests of recent years have been focused on issues of quality assessment in higher education.

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises nearly 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.