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Conger selected as MSU Presidential Faculty Leadership Fellow

October 26, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Jeffrey Conger, professor of graphic design in the Montana State University School of Art, has been selected as the 2016 MSU Presidential Faculty Leadership Fellow. Photo by Doug Loneman courtesy of Jeffrey Conger.

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Jeffrey Conger, professor of graphic design in the Montana State University School of Art, has been selected as the 2016 MSU Presidential Faculty Leadership Fellow.

Conger is the second senior MSU faculty member to hold the fellowship, which is based in the MSU Office of the President. Robert Mokwa, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, received the inaugural MSU Presidential Faculty Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship provides motivated MSU faculty members opportunities to learn from and work with senior-level academic and administrative leaders at MSU, according to Mokwa. The program includes four different components: mentorship, perspective, knowledge and contribution. It is modeled after the American Council on EducationFellowship.

“Jeff Conger was selected from a strong pool of applicants,” Mokwa said. “We are enjoying working with Jeffrey and he will be able to hone his leadership talents by participating in this professional development opportunity.”

Conger has been a professor in MSU’s School of Art, which is in the College of Arts and Architecture, since 1997. He has served as the program chair for graphic design since 2007. He received the MSU Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, 2011 and 2013, along with the Cox Family Award for Creative Scholarship and Teaching in 2013. He is also an award-winning graphic designer, photographer and author whose work has been published nationally and internationally, known in particular for his photojournalistic coverage of motorsports. Through his teaching in the MSU graphic design program he is recognized for mentoring excellence in his design students, who have found placement at major corporations including Nike, Adidas, K2 Sports, ESPN, Ride Snowboard, Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom and Time Inc., among others.

Over the past five years Conger has devoted time to be an advocate for students with learning differences as well as serving as a mentor to undergraduate students with dyslexia in the College of Arts and Architecture. He said his lectures on the topic seek to dispel myths about dyslexia as well as to spotlight the advantages of the dyslexic mind in creative professions.

During his Presidential Faculty Leadership Fellowship year, Conger will keep one foot in the classroom while he shadows several MSU administrators. He said the position is a “rare mentorship opportunity to learn from the best.”

“I am honored to represent the College of Arts and Architecture,” Conger said. “Throughout my career I have received exceptional mentorship at every level. The core of this fellowship is intense professional development with an opportunity to be immersed in the university system.”

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Jeffrey Conger (406) 994-2292, jeffrey.conger@montana.edu