Sundeep Muppidi, PhD, professor of communication and associate dean for academic planning and curriculum in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been named one of 46 American Council on Education (ACE) fellows for the 2017–18 academic year. Muppidi, who has been a faculty member at the University of Hartford since 1998 and associate dean for the past two years, was nominated for the fellowship by University President Walter Harrison.
The ACE Fellows program is a leadership development program established in 1965 with the goal of strengthening institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and administrators for senior administrative positions in colleges and universities. It condenses years of on-the-job training into an intense one-year learning and growth period.
“It is an honor to be selected among a group of very accomplished emerging leaders,” Muppidi said. “This fellowship will provide me with exposure to the issues and perspectives of senior leaders in higher education, and give me invaluable insights into meeting and addressing the University of Hartford’s educational objectives when I return to campus.”
As part of the program, participants are placed with the president and other senior officers at a host institution, where they immerse themselves in the decision-making processes, policies, and culture of the institution. Muppidi said he would learn in the coming weeks which institution will host him.
“Sundeep Muppidi is a talented and engaged faculty member who has great promise as an administrator,” said President Walter Harrison. “He is interested in integrative learning within a university with a diverse student body. And what he will learn during his fellowship at another institution should pay big dividends in the future. I am delighted he was selected for this coveted fellowship.”
According to ACE, of the nearly 1,900 faculty, staff, and administrators who have participated in the ACE Fellows program since its founding, more than 80 percent have gone on to serve as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, in other cabinet-level positions, and as deans following their fellowships.
“In addition to his outstanding achievements in teaching and scholarship, Sundeep made a reputation early on as a willing innovator and collaborator in the intelligent use of technology,” said H. Frederick Sweitzer, the University’s interim provost. “He understands that the higher education landscape is changing and will continue to change, and has an interest in studying, managing, and leading change.”
Muppidi holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India; a master of arts in communication and television production from the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India; and a PhD in mass communications from Bowling Green State University. With two post-graduate diplomas—one in journalism and communication and another in computer programming languages from institutions in India—he is a 2007 alumnus of the Management Development Program at Harvard University and a 2005–06 fellow of the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.