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Past Faculty Development Programs

ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellows and faculty mentors gathered for one of the three professional development workshops sponsored by the program each year.

This page offers not just a listing of programs that ACM has carried out during the past decade but, more important, a repository of information that advances the good work of those initiatives. These include:

  • Introducing Change: Introductory Courses and the Nature of Faculty Work (2012-14)

Two- and three-person teams of ACM faculty revised an introductory course or a first-year seminar on their campus in ways designed to cultivate students' higher-order thinking skills. The teams also identified and documented how faculty work and its reward structures could change in order to sustain these innovations. The program was funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation. More information

  • ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship Program (2009-14)

With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship Program created 26 two-year fellowships over a period of five years (2009-2014), placing new PhDs in teaching and research residencies on campuses of the ACM member colleges. More information

  • ACM-Teagle Collegium on Student Learning (2008-10)

The project, supported by a grant from the Teagle Foundation, sought to deepen faculty members' understanding of how students learn, and more specifically, of how students acquire the skills and knowledge that are the hallmarks of a liberal education. Recent research on metacognition served as a focal point for the Collegium. More information

  • ACM-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grants  (2008-13)

The grants provided support for faculty at ACM colleges to take advantage of the unique resources of the University of Chicago for scholarly research activities. More information and a list of grant recipients

  • Liberal Education and Study Abroad: Assessing Learning Outcomes to Improve Program Quality (2006-07)

A collaborative project among the ACM, the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), and the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), funded by a two-year $300,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation. More information

  • The Global Partners Project: A Set of Initiatives to Strengthen International Study for Liberal Arts Colleges

The project was a collaboration among the ACM, the GLCA, and the ACS, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. More information is available on the Global Partners website.

  • Engaging Today's Students with the Liberal Arts (2002-06)

Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project was designed to help faculty and staff understand and support students'  academic and personal development throughout their college careers.

  • Information Literacy Projects  (2000-06)

Working meetings for campus teams of faculty, librarians, and instructional technologists promoted information literacy skills among students at ACM colleges. The project was supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Professional Development Grants (1977-2006)

For 30 years, the ACM academic deans sponsored a program for professional development designed to support meetings, workshops, seminars, visiting scholar programs, and other projects that addressed subjects of importance to faculty within a particular discipline or across a range of disciplines. Through the years, more than 50 events were funded.