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ACE Fellowship brings Elrod to CC for year of leadership development

Susan Elrod, associate professor of biological sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, has chosen Colorado College for her American Council on Education Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. Designed to prepare leaders for higher education, the ACE Fellowship requires that each recipient commit his or her time and energy to developing expertise on issues of importance to their host institutions, with the ultimate goal of bringing to both their home and host institutions new perspectives and information. Potential areas of focus for Elrod include CC's reaccreditation, an upcoming external review of the Crown Center, and research on interdisciplinary and integrated models of higher education.

Elrod holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in biological sciences from California State University, Chico. After completing her Ph.D., she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Novozymes Biotech, Inc. in Davis, California, where she received several patents for her work on enhancing protein production using genetic techniques. At Cal Poly, she has taught courses in bioinformatics, biotechnology, and genetics. She co-authored a genetics textbook and is developing another genetics textbook project. Elrod’s administrative experience includes service as associate chair of the Biological Sciences Department and as special assistant to the provost. Elrod also served as the assistant director for Cal Poly’s Center for Teaching and Learning and has been a workshop facilitator there for the past five years. She also was vice chair of the Academic Senate and chaired the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee and the Status of Women Committee. Elrod attended Harvard University’s Management Development Program in 2004.