Presidential Fellows

In 2019, President Philomena V. Mantella initiated the Presidential Fellows initiative to provide enhanced leadership development for faculty and greater engagement of faculty with university leadership. The initiative is open to all tenured faculty members at Grand Valley State University. Presidential Fellows focus on one or more focus areas that advance university priorities. Fellows also serve on the President’s Council.

2021-2022 Presidential Fellows

Lindsay Corneal

Lindsay Corneal

Presidential Fellow for Learner Pathways
Associate Professor of Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Alisha Davis

Alisha Davis

Presidential Fellow for Inclusion & Equity
Associate Professor of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Professions

Kristin Meyer

Kristin Meyer

Presidential Fellow for Reach Higher 2025
Associate Librarian, University Libraries

Robert Talbert

Robert Talbert

Presidential Fellow for the Advancement of Learning
Professor of Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Presidential Fellows Details

Working with the President, faculty may propose a range of areas of interest for work on behalf of the university. Faculty are encouraged to identify an area of interest that expands their current work or research and/or that provides development opportunities to engage in innovative and new spaces. Some areas for possible consideration include: digital planning and transformation; next phase of planning strategic planning, including budget alignment and capital development; innovation and the future of learning; inclusion and equity; curriculum innovation; faculty development; student success; communications, messaging and engagement; or other areas of interest as proposed by the applicant. Final assignments will be refined with the selected fellows and President Mantella.

Only tenured faculty are eligible for these positions. Presidential Fellows also serve on the President’s Council.

This position will begin Fall 2021, and is expected to continue through the 2022-2023 academic year with a review after the first year. Spring/Summer semester assignments are negotiable. Those able to engage in Spring/Summer 2021 will be able to do so.

The contribution of the Faculty Fellow will be approximately 10 hours per week. The faculty member will utilize significant focus and be supported through a stipend per semester during fall and winter semesters. An additional stipend is available for Spring/Summer terms, which is optional.

Interested faculty should submit a 1-page letter of interest and current CV here. The letter should indicate area(s) of interest, how it fits with professional interests and/or career goals, and qualifications relevant to the area and role. Faculty seeking to develop or expand their skillsets, and get involved in university-level leadership, are encouraged to apply.

The 2021-2023 application closed May 2021. 

If you have questions or would like to discuss potential areas of interest, please contact Jesse M. Bernal at bernalje@gvsu.edu.

2021 Faculty Associates

Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, associate professor of Educational Foundations, was the Presidential Fellow for Strategy Development and Outreach. 

Aaron Lowen, professor of economics and finance department chair, was the Presidential Fellow for Enterprise Learning & Development.

Bailey-Fakhoury worked with Mantella and members of the Senior Leadership Team on university strategy and will assisted in operationalizing initiatives across the university. She will had a special emphasis on supporting faculty innovation as the faculty lead for the Innovation Fund planning and review team.

Lowen worked with the president, the Provost's Office and a team of faculty and staff to strengthen and advance enterprise relationships and expand outreach. This included organizing and leading a business development team to identify and visit target companies for initial business-to-business outreach. It also included engaging faculty and staff experts for their input on making educational offerings more visible and accessible.

CHASITY BAILEY-FAKHOURY, PH.D.

CHASITY BAILEY-FAKHOURY, PH.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Foundations

2019-2021 Presidential Fellow

AARON LOWEN, PH.D.

AARON LOWEN, PH.D.
Professor of Economics, Finance Department Chair and Director, School of Accounting
2019-2021 Presidential Fellow

In 2019, the University Leadership Development (U LEAD) Task Force of the University Academic Senate issued several recommendations for leadership development at Grand Valley State University. In response, President Mantella began a faculty fellows program supporting at least two part-time fellows to work with university leadership in advancing key initiatives over a two-year experience.