Big Ten leadership program selects Abington professor for fellowship

Abington division head history professor

Friederike Baer, the division head for Arts and Humanities and an associate professor of history at Penn State Abington, is an accomplished scholar and academic leader.

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ABINGTON, Pa. — The Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program (ALP) selected Friederike Baer, associate professor of history and the division head for Arts and Humanities at Penn State Abington, as a fellow for the 2023-24 year. She was nominated for the fellowship based on her demonstrated exceptional abilities and administrative promise. 

ALP is an intensive, yearlong professional development experience that addresses the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. It will support Baer and other fellows in developing advanced leadership and managerial skills and their understanding of universities as dynamic and inclusive institutions in the diverse, complex and evolving higher education landscape. It was created by the Big Ten Academic Leadership Alliance, the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. 

Baer is one of six ALP fellows from Penn State who will collaborate with faculty and executive-level professional staff from universities across the country during workshops and seminars.    

“I’m excited because this fellowship is for academic leaders with a proven record of excellence who are interested in further developing their leadership skills in higher education,” Baer said. 

Baer is a distinguished scholar who earned a doctorate in early American history from Brown University. Her research focuses on the experiences of German-speaking people in North America from the 1770s to the late 19th century. 

Baer’s latest book, “Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War” (Oxford University Press), earned the 2023 Society of the Cincinnati Prize for her groundbreaking reimagining of Britain’s war against American independence from the perspective of the German soldiers, a people uniquely positioned both in the midst of the war and at its margins.  

About Penn State Abington 

Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible and high-impact education to its diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,100 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics and more.