For Immediate Release

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Anne Jenkins
Senior Director of Communications
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Greg M. Weight
President, Washington Internship Institute
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Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Washington Internship Institute Announces Fall 2016 Faculty Fellows

Oct 5, 2016

Washington, DC—Today, the Washington Internship Institute, in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), announced the three faculty members participating in the Faculty Fellows program for the Fall 2016 semester.

The Faculty Fellows program provides a unique faculty development experience by offering faculty from all disciplines the opportunities to pursue their professional, disciplinary, and personal interests in challenging and dynamic professional environments, and to reinvigorate their work as scholars, teachers, advisers, and educational leaders.

This semester, AAC&U and the Washington Internship Institute are pleased to announce the following individuals participating in the program for the Fall 2016 Semester:

  • Patrick Reynolds, Professor of Biology at Hamilton College (Hamilton, NY), will serve as a Faculty Fellow at the Center for American Progress working on issues of accessibility and affordability for students and their parents, as well as demystifying—and exploring alternatives to—accreditation.
  • Craig Rustici, Professor of English at Hofstra University (Hampstead, NY), will serve as a Faculty Fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities working on grants that fund faculty collaborations on interdisciplinary curricula unified by a common theme in the humanities.
  • Marianna Savoca, Director of Career Services at SUNY Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY), will serve as a Faculty Fellow at the Business-Higher Education Forum working on projects related to preparing students for the 21st-century workforce.

In addition to their fellowship placements, Faculty Fellows meet with professionals working in the field of higher education and colleagues in their fields in the nation's capital. They also have the opportunity to explore the culture and history of Washington, DC.

Gregory M. Weight, President of the Washington Internship Institute, remarks that the goal of the program is "to provide professors and higher education professionals with the opportunity to pursue continuing–or brand new—professional interests at organizations that benefit from their experience and perspectives."

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,350 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

About the Washington Internship Institute

The Faculty Fellows program has provided opportunities for faculty from a variety of disciplines for well over a decade and complements the student internship program of the Washington Internship Institute. Since its founding in 1990, the Washington Internship Institute has provided thousands of students from across the country and around the world with unparalleled professional experience in the nation's capital in a wide variety of government agencies, embassies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. These internships are grounded in academic coursework that reflect the values and employ the best practices of liberal education.

For more information about the program, visit www.wiidc.org/faculty-fellows or email greg@wiidc.org.