Jena A. Burges, director of general education at Longwood University in
Farmville, Va., was recently selected as one of 34 American Council on
Education (ACE) Fellows for the 2004-05 academic year. Burges will spend
the fall semester at UNC Asheville learning on-the-job skills as a senior
"I chose UNC Asheville as my fellowship site because the
University has a long tradition of academic excellence and innovative
programs, especially in the liberal arts tradition," said Burges.
"It is very clear that UNCA is committed to the education of its
While at UNC Asheville, Burges says that she hopes to get "a sense
of the big picture and gain an understanding of how various aspects of
higher education work together." Over the next few months, Burges
will attend senior staff meetings, meet with members of the UNC Asheville
community and take on special projects at the Chancellor’s discretion.
She’s particularly interested in learning more about new and unusual
styles of faculty development.
"Jena brings a wealth of experience and a most helpful perspective
to our community,"
Burges, who has been a faculty member at Longwood University since
1997, also serves as associate professor of English and director of
freshman writing. Prior to Longwood, she served as interim director of
English composition and visiting assistant professor of English at
Northern Arizona University. Burges holds a master’s degree in TESL and
a doctorate in applied linguistics from Northern Arizona University.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965 by the American Council on
Education (ACE), is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in
American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior
faculty and administrators for more responsible positions in college and
university administration. It is the only national, individualized,
long-term professional development program in higher education to provide
on-the-job learning of administration skills. Fellows are nominated by the
presidents or chancellors of their institutions and are selected in a