ACE Selects Tribal College Dean as Fellow

Nov 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-2: Teacher Education, Tribal College News

Dr. Betsy Laverdure-McDougall (pictured with husband Jim) is the second American Indian to be selected as an ACE fellow.

The American Council on Education (ACE) has selected Dr. Betsy Laverdure-McDougall as one of 34 fellows in the 1999-2000 class. All are college and university senior faculty and senior-level administrators. Established in 1965, the ACE fellow program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising faculty and staff members for senior positions in college and university administration. During the fellowship year, participants focus on an issue of concern to the sponsoring institution while spending time working with senior officers at a host institution.

McDougall is currently the academic dean of the White Earth Tribal and Community College, the newest member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). McDougall also directs the Head Start program on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Through her fellowship, McDougall plans to improve the networking of American Indian education communities. She will work closely with University of New Mexico President William C. Gordon, visiting UNM for 12 weeks of the next year. She will also visit four tribal colleges for one week at a time. Her fellowship will be supported in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Native American Higher Education Initiative. The foundation has agreed to assist a maximum of two persons from tribal colleges each year if they are accepted into the ACE Fellowship. McDougall is the second American Indian to be selected for the fellows program in its 35-year history. In 1994-95, the fellows included Michael J. Hill, then director of institutional research at Salish Kootenai College.

McDougall played a significant role in laying the academic foundation for White Earth Tribal and Community College. Prior to that, she lectured at the University of North Dakota’s Indian Studies Department, where she developed classes on a variety of multicultural issues. Her experiences provided the basis for her dissertation, A Critical Study on Informal and Incidental Learning Resulting from Civil Action within an American Indian Community. She also developed the two-volume text, Healing the Sacred Circle: A Case Study on Anishinabe Women. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, McDougall received her doctorate in higher and secondary education in 1998. She also holds an master’s degree in general studies and bachelor’s degrees in both Indian studies and in secondary education. A member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, McDougall is married to Jim McDougall, a member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe.

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