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FaCE (Faculty Career Enhancement) Program

With support from a generous $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ACM is continuing the Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE), one of the consortium's most successful grant-funded faculty development initiatives.

Enhancing Faculty Capacity for Innovation

FaCE Request for Proposals

Apply online by:

December 15, 2014

Go to the ACM Faculty Projects Portal

FaCE aims to foster a culture of innovation among ACM faculty to help develop ways to strengthen the professoriate and their central educational role in pursuing the mission of small, residential liberal arts colleges.

During the six-year span of the grant from 2014-2020, FaCE will underwrite collaborative, innovative and sustainable projects with a compelling potential to help college leaders address the challenges and opportunities that liberal arts colleges and their faculty face. These include, for example, slow economic growth, demographic shifts among student populations, new findings in cognitive science, and new teaching and learning technologies.

There will be two funding cycles each year, one in the fall and another in the spring. FaCE broadly aims to fund joint research projects, teaching and learning collaborations, collaboratively organized events, and other cooperative initiatives that:

  • Engage faculty either from multiple institutions or from different departments within a single institution;
  • Identify and implement innovations that have the potential to address current challenges or opportunities faced by liberal arts colleges; and
  • Show plans to become sustainable on the campus(es) involved as well as to become replicable on other campuses through effective dissemination strategies.

FaCE Conference

Each academic year, FaCE will give special emphasis and preference to a particular theme related to the challenges and opportunities facing liberal arts colleges. In conjunction with this funding emphasis, FaCE will also organize a conference related to the theme.

This fall's conference on Technology-Enabled Education: Enhancing Faculty & Student Engagement in the Liberal Arts College was held in Chicago on October 17-19, 2014.

Highlights included keynote presentations by Kimberly Cassidy (President, Bryn Mawr College) and Candace Thille (Stanford University and Director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University), as well as panels with ACM faculty members and instructional technologists already involved in various forms of technology-enabled education.

Request for Proposals

Faculty at ACM colleges are encouraged to submit proposals for the current round of FaCE funding.

Use the following links for detailed information about applying for FaCE funds:


For more information about FaCE, contact:

  • ACM Vice President and Director, Faculty Development and Grant Programs, Brian Williams (312-561-5922), or
  • ACM Project Manager for Faculty Development and Grant Programs Rashida Walker, (312-561-5912).

Read more about the FaCE grant from the Mellon Foundation:


FaCE Program, 2004-2013

From 2004 to 2013, with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the first two phases of the Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Program provided funds for over 150 faculty-initiated projects with more than 1,700 participants. Read about the FaCE Program, 2004-2013.