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Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

IU Bloomington faculty members selected for Academic Leadership Program

July 2, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four Indiana University Bloomington professors will take part during the 2013-14 school year in the Academic Leadership Program, which develops leadership potential for faculty who have demonstrated an interest in and aptitude for academic administration.

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the 15 universities of the Big Ten conference plus the University of Chicago, sponsors the program, which includes three seminars hosted by different CIC universities and participation in campus-based activities.

IU Bloomington Academic Leadership Program fellows for 2012-13 are:

  • Claude Clegg, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • David Leake, executive associate dean and professor of computer science in the School of Informatics and Computing.
  • Lesa Hatley Major, interim dean and associate professor in the School of Journalism.
  • Michael Reece, associate dean and professor of applied health science in the School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Faculty members are selected by their universities to take part in the program, which leverages the resources and expertise of CIC member institutions to provide professional development opportunities.

"Indiana University Bloomington is committed to providing support for faculty as they consider a move into administrative positions," said Tom Gieryn, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. "Participation in the Academic Leadership Program will provide the 2013-14 fellows with training and skills that will help them be even more effective in their leadership roles."

Claude Clegg focuses in his research and teaching on the African diaspora of the Atlantic world, exploring the ways in which people of African descent have created and imagined communities and identities outside Africa. He has taught courses in African American history and U.S. history.

He is the author of "Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South," "An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad" and "The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia." He is writing his fourth book, which examines the Obama presidency. Previously, he served as chair of the IU Department of History and as an associate dean in the IU College of Arts and Sciences. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

David Leake, in addition to his appointments with the School of Informatics and Computing, is an associate of the IU Data to Insight Center and member of the faculty of the university's Cognitive Science program. His research is in artificial intelligence, with interests including case-based reasoning, context, explanation, human-centered computing, intelligent user interfaces, introspective reasoning and knowledge capture and management.

He has written or edited more than 150 publications, including articles that received outstanding paper awards from the International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning. He is editor in chief of AI Magazine, the official magazine of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and is a recipient of the IU Trustees' Teaching Award. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.

Lesa Hatley Major

Lesa Hatley Major

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Lesa Hatley Major began her tenure as interim dean of the School of Journalism on July 1, having previously served as executive associate dean. She joined the school in 2006 and has worked in radio and television news as a general reporter, health reporter, assistant news director and anchor.

Before coming to IU, Hatley Major taught at Louisiana State University and Northwestern State University. Her research focuses on health communication and public policy, and she has studied public support for policy changes regarding lung cancer, obesity and mental health. She also has researched news messages about AIDS for African American audiences and creating public support for AIDS interventions. She earned her Ph.D. in mass communication and public affairs from Louisiana State University.

Michael Reece is co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion and also serves as a faculty member in the African Studies Program. His research is focused on sexual health in both domestic and international settings, and he has published widely on topics related to sexual health, sexual behavior, communication and mental health.

He serves as president of the North American Federation of Sexuality Organizations and is president-elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He earned a Master of Public Health degree at San Diego State University and a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia.

About the Academic Leadership Program

Established in 1989 with the encouragement of Herman B Wells, the Academic Leadership Program has developed leadership and managerial skills of nearly 1,000 fellows, many of whom have gone on to serve with distinction as college presidents, provosts and deans. The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them. For further detail, see the ALP goals and objectives.