Cohort of new fellows chosen for ASU-hosted Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership

October 25, 2016

Twenty-nine senior leaders from more than two dozen universities, including Oregon State, Stanford, the University of Central Florida, Notre Dame, and Wake Forest have been selected as fellows in the fourth cohort of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, co-hosted by Arizona State University and Georgetown University.

The eight-month program, which begins Nov. 2 and takes place at Georgetown and ASU, focuses on preparing the fellows to lead organizational change at colleges and universities. Download Full Image

During four intensive sessions in the District of Columbia and Tempe, Arizona, fellows at the academy will be introduced to the latest thinking and research about change leadership, teaching and learning in a digital age, external challenges facing higher education and the financial sustainability of institutions.

Participants also will apply the principles of “design thinking” to re-imagine the future of higher education, and will focus on a real-world project during the program. A mix of seminars, hands-on workshops, design sessions and fireside chats with leading thinkers from various industries will help the fellows prepare for leading innovation at their own institutions.

Academy faculty members represent a cross-section of higher education scholars and leaders from other sectors, such as health care and the military, that are facing similar challenges.

This year's fellows are:

Kenneth A. Baerenklau
Associate Provost     
Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
University of California at Riverside

Matt Dane Baker
Philadelphia University          

Angela Batista
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Oregon State University

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Oregon State University        

Laura Carlson
Vice President, Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School
University of Notre Dame     

Brendan Healy Chisholm       
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Management
Office of the Chancellor
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Kim Coplin
Denison University     

Lenore L. Dai 
School Director
Arizona State University, Fulton Schools of Engineering, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Sandip Darji
Senior Director, Business Process and Metrics Analysis
Financial Management Consulting and Support
Stanford University

Jennifer Dennis         
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Oregon State University        

Hesham El-Rewini
Dean of Engineering 
University of North Dakota    

Bonnie Ferri
Associate Chair and Professor
College of Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering    
Georgia Institute of Technology

Laura D. Hanish         
Deputy Director
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Arizona State University        

Craig Hoffman
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives       
Georgetown University Law School   

Pamela Jackson       
School of Business and Economics
Fayetteville State University

Lisa Jones
Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Assistant to the President
University of Central Florida

Laurel Kennedy         
Vice President Student Development
Denison University     

Phyllis R. Kloda          
College of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University

Cameron McCoy
Associate Vice President
Office of Economic Engagement
Lehigh University       

Kemille S. Moore
Associate Dean for Student Policy and Curriculum
College of Arts and Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington     

George J. Petersen
Founding Dean
College of Education
Clemson University    

Susana Rivera-Mills
Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Oregon State University        

Catherine Ross
Executive Director
The Teaching and Learning Center
Wake Forest University

Timothy M. Schlak    
University Library
Robert Morris University       

Patricia Sobecky        
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
University of Alabama           

Anne Sweeney
Senior Director of Financial Information Systems & Reporting and Client Advocacy & Education
Financial Management Consulting and Support
Stanford University

Clifton Tanabe          
Chief of Staff, Office of the President
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Robert W. Wagner
Executive Vice Provost & Dean
Academic and Instructional Services
Utah State University

Noel Wilkins 
Senior Associate Provost
University of Mississippi

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Arizona PBS to launch new 24/7 kids channel

October 26, 2016

Arizona PBS, the public television station based at Arizona State University with more than 1 million viewers, is launching an all-new children’s channel dedicated to providing quality educational programming.

Debuting in January, the new 24/7 channel — Arizona PBS KIDS — will feature an array of programming to help young children master important skills, ranging from reading and basic math and science to problem solving and emotional skills. Arizona PBS Kids Arizona PBS KIDS will broadcast popular programs such as (from left clockwise) “Sesame Street,” “Wild Kratts” and “Splash and Bubbles,” among others. Download Full Image

The new channel will continue to build off Arizona PBS and ASU’s mission of providing Arizonans with a network of quality teaching and learning resources. 

“ASU’s commitment to lifelong learning today takes the form of a continuous digital broadcast that will help spark the curiosity and creativity of Arizona’s children,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “This new channel underscores our constant exploration of new uses of technology to enhance learning and our pledge, in our charter, to better the social, economic and overall health of the communities around us.”

Arizona PBS KIDS is the latest addition to the 55-year-old TV station, which has the nation’s seventh-largest public television audience. Arizona PBS reaches 1.9 million households through 80 percent of the state with three channels and a robust online presence.

The new channel will feature innovative, impactful programs designed for children from preschool through early elementary school to develop a strong educational foundation. The channel will broadcast popular programs such as “Arthur,” “Clifford,” “WordGirl,” “Wild Kratts,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street,” among others.

“Research confirms that PBS KIDS programming helps children build the critical skills they need to succeed in school and life,” said Linda Simensky, vice president of children’s programming at PBS. “Studies show that PBS KIDS resources improve kids’ achievement in important areas, such as literacy and math, and increase parent engagement in their children’s learning. Through the new 24-hour Arizona PBS KIDS channel, children across the state will have anytime access to programs that are proven to move the needle in early education.”

PBS KIDS programming has been a strong component of Arizona PBS, with the station committing more than 10 hours to children’s programs on weekdays. Arizona PBS KIDS will provide additional opportunities for children to view their favorite programs as family activity patterns become less predictable. The 24/7 channel will allow children to watch programs on weeknights and weekend afternoons and evenings, which are popular viewing times according to Nielsen data. It also will feature online streaming and games at

The new channel will officially begin airing Jan. 16, 2017. To mark the occasion, Arizona PBS is planning a daylong festival for families, featuring interactive games, program screening parties and other educational activities.

Arizona PBS KIDS is the latest initiative since the station became part of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014. Since then, the station has expanded its weekday news and public affairs lineup and online news presence, with Cronkite News, the student-operated news division of Arizona PBS.

Recently, Arizona PBS co-hosted a nationally televised debate between U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and U.S. Sen. John McCain. Arizona PBS and the Cronkite School also have commissioned three major polls in the run up to this year’s election.

“Arizona PBS has established a legacy of providing Arizonans of all ages with innovative, valuable content,” said Arizona PBS CEO and Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “Arizona PBS KIDS will help fill the need for effective, innovative approaches to developing core skills and school readiness in our state.”

Communications manager, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication