Penny Yee

The American Council on Education (ACE) recently named Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Psychology Penny Yee an ACE Fellow for academic year 2018-19.

The program was established in 1965 to help prepare future leaders in higher education. Applicants are nominated by the senior administration of their institutions. Following a rigorous application process, 45 Fellows were chosen this year.

According to a press release announcing Yee’s selection, the program uses a cohort-based mentorship model that “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.”

ACE President Ted Mitchell said, “We are excited to welcome this new class of Fellows and look forward to each enjoying a transformative experience that will help advance individual leadership readiness while also enriching the capacity of institutions to innovate and thrive.”

Yee earned a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in human experimental psychology from the University of Oregon. She joined the Hamilton faculty in 1991 and was appointed associate dean of faculty in 2013.

She is a member of the Committee on Academic Policy and the Library and Information Technology Services Committee, and has served on numerous other committees and boards during her time at Hamilton.

Yee’s research focuses on the areas of cognition and individual differences, with a particular interest in how we manage distractions in handling daily activities. Her articles have been published in Computers in Human Behavior, Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, Memory & Cognition, Behavior, Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, and other journals.

Among her many accomplishments, Yee has twice been the recipient of the Hamilton College Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship (2004 and 2013) and in 1993 was a co-recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to establish a Center for Cognitive Study at Hamilton.

According to its website, “ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.”

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