College to Host ACE Fellow Tamara Jhashi

ACE Fellow Tamara Jhashi

President Lynn Pasquerella has announced that Tamara Jhashi, associate professor of art history at Oakland University, will spend the fall semester at Mount Holyoke as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

As one of 50 ACE Fellows selected for 2013–2014, Jhashi will study the administrative roles and working relationships of Pasquerella and her senior leadership team. 

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Since joining Oakland University in 1997 as an art historian, Jhashi has served in key leadership positions, including acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2012–2013 and associate provost from 2006 to 2010.

“Selection as a host institution is a sign of the standing and reputation of Mount Holyoke,” said Margarita Benitez, interim director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program. “An ACE Fellow chooses an institution for its rigorous academic environment and high-quality efforts to educate students.”

With teaching expertise and research interests in European modernism and early twentieth-century Russian art, Jhashi plans to study the role and value of the liberal arts, and how the arts and sciences can be strengthened in universities such as Oakland, which is a comprehensive, state-supported doctoral research university with 20,000 students, located in the metro Detroit area. Jhashi is excited to spend time at an institution such as Mount Holyoke and learn from the long tradition of the liberal arts and humanities that are a hallmark of the Five Colleges.

“I am most grateful for the opportunity that President Pasquerella has extended to me,” she said. “To be willing to open her office and take time from her busy calendar to thoughtfully mentor an ACE Fellow is the mark of a remarkably generous leader. And there is much to learn. I am looking forward to devoting uninterrupted time to studying significant issues in higher education, and also to building my own leadership capacity through placement at Mount Holyoke as well as through participation in a number of conferences and fellowship retreats throughout the academic year. As I grow through these experiences, I hope to serve an institution in future administrative roles as an effective, creative, and astute leader.”

Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to his/her home institution while working with a college or university president and their senior officers at a host institution. The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits, and placements at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year. The fellows are included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities and learning about an issue of benefit to Mount Holyoke.

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.