Striegel-Moore Is New ACE Leadership Fellow

Posted: August 21, 2006

Ruth Striegel-Moore, Ph.D., professor of psychology and Walter A. Crowell University Professor of Social Sciences at Wesleyan University, will spend her sabbatical year this year at Mount Holyoke as President Joanne V. Creighton's American Council on Education Leadership Fellow.

The ACE Fellows Program is a leadership development program aimed at preparing scholars and administrators to lead academic institutions. Based in Washington, DC, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions. Fellows spend an extended period of time at a host institution where they "shadow" the president and get involved in specific projects to gain a deeper understanding of administrative challenges and responsibilities. Striegel-Moore will be working with Dean of Faculty Donal O'Shea and his colleagues on curricular development and with Vice President for Development Charles Haight on comprehensive campaign-related projects.

"On behalf of the Mount Holyoke community, I'd like to welcome Dr. Striegel-Moore to our campus," President Creighton said. "I am confident that she will bring great insight, energy, and resourcefulness to our efforts to move the institution forward. We look forward to having her as a colleague."

Striegel-Moore earned a diploma in psychology from the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tuebingen, Germany, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. She is recognized internationally for her research of the epidemiology and treatment of eating disorders. Her scholarship has been generously supported with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and has been recognized with research awards from the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Coalition for Eating Disorders Research, Policy, and Action.

"I consider Mount Holyoke the perfect institution for completing my ACE fellowship," Striegel-Moore said. "President Creighton is renowned for her excellent leadership skills. The Mount Holyoke faculty are extraordinarily creative and productive scholars and leaders in pedagogic innovation, everyone on the staff I have met so far has impressed me with their passion for the students and their collegial spirit, and the campus has to be the most beautiful one in the country. I look forward to learning from everyone at Mount Holyoke and hope that, in turn, I can make a contribution to this wonderful place."

A first-generation academic, Striegel-Moore is passionate about getting undergraduate students involved in hands-on research at an early stage in their education. Since 2001, she has been organizing a federally funded mentoring program for early career scholars in eating disorders. She has been recognized for her teaching efforts with a mentoring award from the American Psychological Association Section on Clinical Psychology of Women. Striegel-Moore is the mother of Mount Holyoke student Stefanie E. Neale '08.

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