The University of Nevada, Reno has the privilege of hosting one of the 56 participants in the American Council on Education Fellows Program this academic year.
"Selection as a host institution is a mark of the prestige of the University of Nevada, Reno," explained Sharon McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program. "An ACE Fellow has selected this institution for its unique learning opportunities and the quality work that it is doing in educating students."
David Evans, professor and department chair of geology at California State University, Sacramento was nominated to the fellowship program by his institution's president. Through the fellowship, Evans will study the integration of student affairs and academic affairs to enhance the student experience and success. He sees the University as a model for having dealt with budgetary challenges, while also maintaining visibility, a positive image and an ability to recruit prepared students.
"I am most interested in gaining experience in those aspects of university leadership that complement academic affairs," said Evans. "Upon returning to Sacramento State I will be working at the intersection of student affairs and academic affairs to help improve retention and graduation rates. Placement at the University of Nevada, Reno will allow me to get exposure to successful student-life programs carried out under budget constraints similar to those faced by Sacramento State."
Evans joined Sacramento State in 1991 as associate professor in the department of geology. He was named full professor and department chair in 2003. He earned his bachelor's degree in geophysics from UC Berkeley, his master's in geophysics from University of Kansas and his doctoral degree in geology and geophysics from Louisiana State University.
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 positions in college and university administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.
While Evans will spend a considerable amount of time at the University, his fellowship will also include participation in retreats, interactive learning opportunities and other campus visits. His experience at the University will be guided by President Marc Johnson, and Executive Vice President and Provost Heather Hardy and Vice President Student Services Shannon Ellis will also serve as mentors. His office will be located in the Jones Center.