Published on March 20th, 2020 | by University Communications


Criminal justice professor named ACE Fellow for 2020-2021

The College of Education and Social Services announced that Dr. Moneque Walker-Pickett, professor of criminal justice, was selected as one of 38 ACE Fellows for the 2020-2021 class.

Walker-Pickett also is the associate department chair for Saint Leo’s undergraduate criminal justice program.

The American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program is the longest-running leadership development program in the United States. The program, according to its website, “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.”

“This is wonderful news for Dr. Walker-Pickett and our criminal justice program,” said Dr. Susan Kinsella, dean of the College of Education and Social Services. “We are so very proud of her.”

Walker-Pickett will join other ACE fellows from institutions such as Georgetown University, Purdue University, Ohio State University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and more.

The 2020-21 class represents the diversity of America’s higher education institutions by gender, race/ethnicity, institution type, and disciplinary background, ACE reports. For the first time, the 2020-21 class contains a 2-to-1 ratio of women to men. One-third of the class contains members of underrepresented groups.

“The ACE Fellows program is unique in its ability to transform the lives and enrich the careers of its participants,” ACE President Ted Mitchell said. “After an intensive experience working with accomplished higher education leaders, the Fellows will return to their home campuses prepared to address the challenges of tomorrow.”


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