May 15, 2019

Academic Leadership Academy fellows announced

Following a competitive application process, the inaugural Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) fellows have been announced. The ALA was created by the Office of the Provost as part of Wayne State’s ongoing commitment to the success and growth of its faculty and staff.

Each of the fellows will develop a leadership project to improve some facet of campus life. Fellows will also have the opportunity to build their skills via a one-day leadership orientation retreat, monthly seminars, ongoing meetings with coaches and mentors and a variety of assessments.

“ALA fellows will join a community of leaders at Wayne State who value lifelong learning, reflective practice, collaboration, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Annmarie Cano, associate provost for faculty development and faculty success. “We’re excited to see how fellows will apply their leadership to enhance our university.”

The 2019-20 Academic Leadership Academy fellows are:

  • Diane Adamo, Physical Therapy, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Poonam Arya, Teacher Education, College of Education
  • Karen Beningo, Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Zsa-Zsa Booker, Office of Learning and Teaching, School of Medicine
  • Anglesia Brown, English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Susan Davis, Pharmacy Practice, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller, Occupational Therapy, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Damecia Donahue, University Libraries
  • Rafael Fridman, Pathology and Oncology, School of Medicine
  • Candice Garwood, Pharmacy Practice, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Jennifer Hart, History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Christine Huang, Academic Success Center
  • Shantalea Johns, School of Social Work
  • Lara Jones, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Kristiana Kaufmann, Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Poco Kernsmith, School of Social Work
  • Kafi Kumasi, School of Information Sciences
  • Karen Liston, University Libraries
  • Kim Morgan, Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Mary Beth O’Connell, Pharmacy Practice, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Ijeoma Opara Nnodim, Internal Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Alexey Petrov, Physics and Astronomy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Christine Powell, Financial Aid, Enrollment Management
  • Heather Sandlin, Health Sciences, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Ryan Thomas, Financial Aid, Enrollment Management
  • Mary Waker, Academic Services, College of Education

Fellows were evaluated and selected by the ALA Steering Committee, which was also instrumental in the development of the program’s materials and curriculum.

The ALA Steering Committee included:

  • Annmarie Cano, associate provost for faculty development and faculty success
  • Dawn Aziz, formerly of WSU Human Resources
  • Marcus Dickson, professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Loraleigh Keashly, distinguished service professor of communication and associate dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
  • Leah Robinson, director of academic support and academic services officer III, Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine
  • Amanuel Tekleab, professor of management and information systems in the Mike Ilitch School of Business
  • Ricardo Villarosa, coordinator of student life, Dean of Students Office and AAUP-AFT grievance coordinator

Additional information about the Academic Leadership Academy can be found online or by contacting Annmarie Cano at 313-577-0857 or acano@wayne.edu.