Professor Aaron D. Sachowitz Named American Council on Education Fellow

by Linda Lenhoff | March 16, 2022

Saint Mary’s College is pleased to announce that Communication Professor Aaron D. Sachowitz, PhD, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the academic year 2022–2023. The fellowship aims to enrich the capacity of leaders to problem solve and innovate. Sachowitz will work with the president and senior officials at a host institution, and focus on issues of interest and concern to Saint Mary’s.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to participate as a member of the 2022–2023 ACE Fellows cohort and am excited to return to Saint Mary’s College with some best practices from other colleges and universities that faculty, staff, and administrators can use to make sure we truly serve our students, and particularly our Latinx students, once they’ve enrolled,” Sachowitz said.

Sachowitz has been a member of the Department of Communication at Saint Mary’s College since 2009. In that time, he’s served at every level of faculty governance at the College, demonstrating a willingness to engage openly in collaborative decision-making. He is currently in his fourth year as program director of January Term; starting a second year as program director of the new Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication, which he co-founded; serving as the interim director for the Center for International Programs; and serving as the chair of the Faculty Senate. 

Sachowitz believes these and his many other roles have given him an opportunity to view the work of College governance from a variety of perspectives, which he hopes to bring to the fellowship year as he examines successful strategies for institutions to go from minority enrolling to minority serving.

“The ACE Fellowship is an extremely prestigious fellowship that recognizes Aaron's multi-faceted contributions to Saint Mary's College as well as his potential as a future leader in higher education,” said Corey Cook, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost. “I have had several colleagues who have been ACE Fellows who speak to the high quality and intellectual rigor of the program, and have experienced firsthand their added contributions upon their return to campus. Aaron will be an outstanding representative of Saint Mary's College, and I am eager to see how he applies his new knowledge and expertise in leadership roles on campus.”