Nancy Hensel

Nancy Hensel

AAC&U Senior Fellow, Office of the President, AAC&U

Nancy Hensel has had an extensive career as a professor, academic administrator, and executive officer of two organizations.  She most recently served as president of the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement.  Prior to NAC&U, she served as executive officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research during a period of significant growth.  During her tenure at CUR she was co-principal investigator for seven National Science Foundation grants to assist faculty and institutions to develop undergraduate research programs. She initiated an undergraduate research program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle where she served as president. Prior to her presidency she was provost at the University of Maine Farmington and professor of education and department chair at the University of Redlands. She has been a passionate supporter of undergraduate research throughout her career including publishing several papers, monographs and books on the topic.  Most recently she edited Course-Based Research: Educational Equity and High Impact Practice.  She also recently edited Exploring, Experiencing, and Envisioning Integration in Arts Education.  She is currently working on a book about undergraduate research as community colleges and co-editing a book about undergraduate research internationally.

Hensel holds a doctorate degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia, masters’ degrees in theater and early childhood education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater also from San Francisco State.

In 2003, Hensel was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in promoting higher education in Maine and supporting the role of women in higher education.