She spent the past year exploring issues in higher education with a focus on leadership, strategic planning and best practices in retention and graduation. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is the longest-running leadership development program in the country.
“I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for the challenges facing students who enroll in universities from a variety of backgrounds, academic experiences and life circumstances,” Gilbert said.
She focused on learning transfer policies and institutional partnerships while serving with President Larry McDougle at Owens Community College and visiting universities, including Wayne State University, Barnard College and DePaul University.
Gilbert came to UT in 2007 from American University in Washington, D.C., where she was a documentary filmmaker and a tenured associate professor in the School of Communication. She is a past recipient of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Fellowship and the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Her documentary films have been screened nationally on PBS and in film festivals across the country. Gilbert also is the co-author of Homecoming, published by Beacon Press, as a companion book to her highly acclaimed film of the same title.
She previously served as the director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, which she led through a period of growth with a focus on increasing the number of women faculty and students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, as well as expanding programs aimed at encouraging women in transition to pursue higher education.