August 19, 2011 — Robert D. Hill professor of educational psychology at the University of Utah, has been named a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) for academic year 2011-12. Hill, a noted expert on aging and memory, will spend the year on sabbatical, during which time he will work with Rutgers University senior administrators on a health sciences community collaboration project.
“I am honored and excited about an opportunity to be involved in community partnership planning at this level in an academic institution,” says Hill. “My project will focus on developing opportunities for academic and programmatic collaborations between Rutgers-Newark, the University Medical and Dental College of New Jersey, and related New Jersey health services institutions. I am confident that the knowledge I gain will help me contribute to the University of Utah as it continues to grow through outreach and partnerships with other community institutions in the Salt Lake City and in the state of Utah.”
Hill is one of 50 fellows to be chosen for the ACE Fellows Program. Established in 1965, the program is designed to strengthen institutional capacity and build leadership in American higher education by preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Fellows are nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions and selected in a national competition. In the first 46 years of the program, there have been more than 1,700 participants, and 300 have become chief executive officers. Over 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.
Hill holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford University. His scholarly interest is adult lifespan development, including memory rehabilitation in middle and old age. He is the author of Positive Aging: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, and he has written numerous articles and books on aging. He is a licensed and board-certified psychologist in the state of Utah. He is also affiliated with the U School of Medicine’s Center on Aging and the Rural Health Resource Center, which is part of the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City.