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Last modified: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

IU faculty members named Academic Leadership Program fellows for 2010-11

June 29, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington each year selects faculty members with distinguished leadership ability to participate in the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the 11 universities of the Big Ten conference plus the University of Chicago.

Academic Leadership Program fellows for the 2010-11 academic year include Yvette Alex-Assensoh of the Department of Political Science, Howard S. Rosenbaum of the School of Library and Information Science, Michael Rushton of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Andrea S. Wiley of the Department of Anthropology.

Faculty members are nominated for ALP participation and chosen because their records of scholarship and significant university service point to their growing achievements as academic leaders.

"So many former ALP fellows have moved into positions of administrative leadership on the Bloomington campus. I look forward to working with our newest cohort of fellows, who show great potential for following in the footsteps of their predecessors," said Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Tom Gieryn.

Yvette Alex-Assensoh

Yvette Alex-Assensoh

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Yvette Alex-Assensoh, by training and profession, is a political scientist. She currently serves as dean of the campus-wide Office for Women's Affairs (OWA). She previously served as director of graduate studies and admissions in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as an associate professor of political science and adjunct associate professor of African American & African Diaspora Studies. She has authored or co-authored more than two dozen scholarly papers, book chapters and essays, as well as five books, with the latest being Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early 21st Century, published by University of Michigan Press. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Spencer Foundation and the National Academy of Education. She is a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) for the 2010-2011 academic year. A native of Breaux Bridge, La., Alex-Assensoh is also a licensed attorney and a registered family mediator. She and her husband are the parents of two sons. For more information, see

Howard Rosenbaum

Howard Rosenbaum

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Howard S. Rosenbaum is the associate dean and an associate professor of information science in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He is the director of the Master of Information Science program and a co-director of the Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture program in SLIS. He studies social informatics, e-business, information architecture and community networking. In 2005, he published the book Information Technologies in Human Contexts: Learning from Organizational and Social Informatics with Steve Sawyer and the late Rob Kling. Rosenbaum serves on several editorial boards and conference program committees and has presented his work at the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Association for Information Systems, the Association of Internet Researchers, HCI International, and elsewhere. He is a fellow at the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at IU. Rosenbaum teaches classes on digital entrepreneurship, information systems design, and intellectual freedom. He has been recognized often for excellence in teaching and for the innovative use of technology in education receiving the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005, a state-wide MIRA Award for Technological Innovation in Education from Techpoint in 2003, the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology in 2002, and was one of the first SBC Fellows at IU in 2000. He is the recipient of the 2009 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Leadership Award. For more information, see

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Michael Rushton

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Michael Rushton is an associate professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and the director of master's programs in public affairs and arts administration. He is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and he has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia. He has held faculty positions at Georgia State University, the University of Tasmania and the University of Regina, where he served as dean of the faculty of fine arts. He is co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics, serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cultural Policy, and has published widely in the fields of cultural policy and public finance, with his current research focused on tax policy regarding charitable donations and nonprofit organizations. In 2009, he received SPEA's award for excellence in graduate teaching. For more information, see

Andrea S. Wiley is professor of anthropology and director of the human biology program and human biology laboratory in the College of Arts and Sciences. She came to IU in 2008 after being a faculty member at James Madison University and Binghamton University (SUNY). She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of California Berkeley and UC San Francisco in 1992, and she also holds an M.A. in demography from UC Berkeley. Her research is focused on the interrelations between biology and culture in the domains of human diet and nutrition, child health, growth and development, and reproductive health. Her research is based on fieldwork in Himalaya, Maharastra (India) and the United States. She has published numerous articles and just completed her third book, Re-imagining Milk (Routledge Press, 2010) and is currently carrying out research on the biocultural relationships between various forms of milk consumption and child growth in Pune, India. She has served in several leadership positions within the American Anthropological Association and the Human Biology Association and is an editorial board member of Ecology of Food and Nutrition. For more information on Wiley, see

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the Academic Leaderhip Program
Throughout the CIC's 52 years of effective voluntary cooperation, it has proved to be an effective mechanism for enabling its members to accomplish more by working collectively. The primary objective of the Academic Leadership Program is to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. For more about the consortium, see For more about ALP, see