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Furman to host ACE Fellow

Courtney Dorroll, an associate professor of religion at Wofford College, will spend the academic year at Furman on a fellowship from the American Council on Education. / Credit: Wofford College

Last updated October 12, 2022

By Jerry Salley ’90

Courtney Dorroll, an associate professor of religion at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and a 2022-23 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, will spend the full academic year on the Furman University campus, working with and learning from Furman President Elizabeth Davis and her leadership team.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutional and leadership capacity in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Forty-six fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, will comprise the 2022-23 cohort at colleges and universities across the nation.

“As a member of Wofford Women’s Leadership group, I believe that experiencing a strong, dynamic female president is key to allowing me to see myself in that space one day,” said Dorroll in her fellowship application. “Furman is an aspirational institution for Wofford and would allow me to see excellence and best practices in teaching undergraduates and graduates, student-faculty collaborative research and motivating faculty to remain active in scholarship.”

Dorroll received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, her Master of Arts degree from Indiana University and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She is a co-coordinator of Wofford’s Middle Eastern/North African Studies program and is the interim co-director of the school’s Center for Innovation and Learning.

Her fellowship project will revolve around enhancing Wofford’s scholar-teacher identity, with particular interest in how Furman fosters excellence in scholarship in teaching, including student-faculty collaborative research.

“Furman’s reputation and excellence in liberal arts education excites me,” she said. “I am thrilled to see how The Furman Advantage is implemented and how it is changing the campus in significant, long-term ways.”

More than 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80% of fellows serving as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

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