Professor Jeffrey Leak has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. He is one of 39 individuals selected nationwide for this prestigious professional development opportunity. ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, ACE represents more than 1,700 college and university presidents and related associations.
Leak joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1998 and teaches in the departments of English and Africana Studies. During his University tenure, he has served in a number of capacities, including director of the Center for the Study of the New South and president of the faculty. In 2016, Leak was part of the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Currently, he is faculty representative to the NCAA and faculty fellow for the Martin Scholars Program in the Honors College.
“One of my goals, during my fellowship year, is to observe another senior leadership team at a different kind of college or university and possibly incorporate a practice or perspective at UNC Charlotte in one of my current or future roles upon my return,” said Leak.
A graduate of Campbell University, Leak completed a master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has authored numerous publications, including Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas” and “Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature.”
The ACE Fellows program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.