ACM Notes - Spring-Summer 2012
A newsletter for ACM faculty & administrators
Manga to Maasai: Off-Campus Research Can Spark Something Truly Special
Guest columnist: Carol Dickerman, ACM Director of International Study Programs
Excellent research on an off-campus program doesn’t have to follow a particular model, but it does require intentionality – about design, cultural sensitivity, and support. With those elements in place and reinforcing each other, conducting an independent research project off-campus can be an experience that resonates long after the program has concluded.
Read Carol Dickerman's column
The flag of Jordan flies at the site of the ancient city of Petra.
ACM to launch new Middle East program in fall 2013
Students can focus on Arabic language and the region’s culture, history, politics, social trends, and media in Amman, Jordan. Read about it
$250,000 Mellon grant funds faculty seminars on college finances
Institute on College Futures aims to build a deeper understanding among ACM faculty of economic challenges facing colleges. Read about it
Shaping faculty work to foster higher-order learning
Teagle grant supports models to demonstrate faculty-work structures to enhance higher-order thinking in introductory courses. Read about it
ACM seeks common ground with the Big Ten
Mellon planning grant supports the ACM and CIC (Big Ten plus U. of Chicago) as they explore potential collaborations in the humanities and the arts. Read about it
Joan Gillespie tapped to oversee ACM off-campus programs
New VP brings experience creating and managing programs in Europe and Latin America at IES Abroad. Read about it
Elizabeth Ciner and David Schodt will lead faculty development programs
New and continuing grant-funded projects will be their focus during interim appointments for 2012-13. Read about it
Opportunities for Faculty
Call for proposals and participants: Japan Study’s conference on The Future of East Asian Studies at Liberal Arts Colleges will be held on October 5-7 at Earlham College. Faculty from ACM colleges will receive a subsidy for travel and lodging.
Students in the Chicago Program's entrepreneurship seminar visit Morningstar.
- Funding up to $750 is available to help ACM faculty or administrative leaders caucus at a professional conference, on a campus, or at the ACM office in Chicago. For more information or to apply, contact Betsy Hutula at ACM.
On the Off-Campus Study Programs
Nidal Kram found that science and culture go hand-in-hand when she studied parasitic diseases on the Tanzania Program. The experience, she said, “literally put me in a place where I could see and feel what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Read about it
Nidal Kram's experience on the Tanzania Program set her on a course to graduate school in public health.
Photo courtesy of Nidal Kram
- What happens when “Old World” meets “New World”? Colorado College professors William Davis and Eric Perramond will lead students in exploring that question in the fall 2013 Newberry Seminar. Read about it
- Faculty from Beloit, Colorado, and St. Olaf toured neighborhoods, visited a business incubator, and met with community activists during a spring site visit to the Chicago Program. Read about it
- Childhood obesity, scarlet macaws, and politics in colonial Boston were topics of independent research projects by three students which were cited for excellence in this year’s Award for Outstanding Research on an ACM Program. Read about it
- Ask a question, start to answer. Scott Heerman took that advice to heart in the Newberry Seminar and has continued to follow it in a seven-year intellectual adventure. Read about it
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Spring-Summer 2012 issue posted June 29, 2012
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