AAC&U Announces Appointment of Dr. Amy E. Jessen-Marshall as Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons
Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of Dr. Amy E. Jessen-Marshall as the new Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons. Dr. Jessen-Marshall has been an active AAC&U member and leader during her tenures at Sweet Briar College and Otterbein University.
Dr. Jessen-Marshall currently serves as an AAC&U leader for the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) Pathways Project. As part of this work, she is conducting site visits to several of the institutions in the GEMs initiative as they work toward coherent, guided-pathway general education and major programs that foster integrative learning and reduce barriers to transfer. In addition to her work on GEMs, Dr. Jessen-Marshall is a member of the advisory board of AAC&U’s journal, Diversity & Democracy, and serves as a faculty member for AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments. She also has been a leader in Shared Futures, a long-term AAC&U initiative on advancing global learning in college.
Dr. Jessen-Marshall served for four years as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College. She served for five years at Otterbein University, as Dean of University Programs and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Integrative Studies Program.
The Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons, which Dr. Jessen-Marshall will lead, is the home of AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments as well as several projects including The LEAP Challenge, General Education Maps and Markers, Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility, and Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills.
“I am very pleased to welcome Amy Jessen-Marshall as the new Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons,” said incoming AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “In addition to her campus leadership, Amy has worked over many years on several important AAC&U initiatives. She is ideally positioned to work with us to continue advancing new designs for global learning and creating opportunities for embedding Signature Work in the curriculum for all students.”
In addition to her leadership roles at Sweet Briar and Otterbein, Dr. Jessen-Marshall, who holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Minnesota, also served as a tenured faculty member at Otterbein University for eleven years, in addition to serving St. Olaf College as a Visiting Assistant Professor for two years and Normandale Community College and Anoka Ramsey Community College for two years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.
“I am thrilled to be joining AAC&U in this new role,” said Amy Jessen-Marshall. “I have had the opportunity over the past decade to work closely with AAC&U as a campus leader and know first-hand how transformative the work of AAC&U can be for college and university member institutions. As my own path has evolved, I’ve been invited to stand in the middle space, working as an AAC&U faculty member at summer institutes with teams from other campuses who are innovating and exploring new curricular ideas around integrative learning and global problem solving. Now to have the opportunity to lead these initiatives from within AAC&U is an exceptional honor.”
Dr. Jessen-Marshall will succeed Dr. Kathy Wolfe, who has led the Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons on an interim basis for the past year and served as an AAC&U senior fellow the previous year. Dr. Wolfe will be returning to her home institution, Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she is a professor of English and where she previously served for four years as Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Kathy has been a wonderful colleague over the past two years, working with AAC&U on activities related to GEMs and The LEAP Challenge,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “Kathy will remain connected to AAC&U—with a continuing Senior Fellow appointment connected to several ongoing projects and institutes, and as part of the global learning advisory board.”
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 1,300 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.