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ACM Notes-Fall 2009

ACM Notes is a newsletter for faculty and administrators at ACM member colleges.


Rodrigo Carazo with ACM students

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At right: Rodrigo Carazo, former President of Costa Rica, with ACM students.

Assessing the Benefits of Collaboration

ACM projects are showing that collaboration across campuses can yield great benefits and, in turn, foster further collaboration across departments on individual campuses.

The ACM colleges have been collaborating with each other and the Teagle Foundation on groundbreaking work in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The ACM-Teagle Collegium, with its focus on metacognition, is a prime example of the benefits of collaboration.

The November posts to the Liblog, Teagle’s liberal arts blog, give an inside look at these exciting developments.

  • "The evidence is mounting that teaching students how to think about their thinking can transform our teaching and student learning," according to Karl Wirth, Associate Professor of Geology at Macalester College. In his post, Toward a Metacurriculum on Metacognition, Wirth outlines some of the ways he has designed more metacognition into his courses.
  • Consortial collaboration has led to a powerful way of building community for new students at Lake Forest College, writes Rachel Ragland in Metacognition in First Year Studies. An Assistant Professor of Education, Ragland describes how the ACM-Teagle Collegium's work on metacognition is being directly applied on her campus, and is getting a thumbs up from students.
  • In Working Together, ACM Vice President John Ottenhoff reflects on the hard work – as well as the need for "play" time – that goes into successful collaborations, and the payoffs that make it worthwhile.


Opportunities for Faculty

  • FaCE Grants – ACM's Faculty Career Enhancement Project provides funding up to $15,000 for collaborative research, meetings, development of internet-based outreach tools, or evaluation activities. Grants are awarded in two cycles each year.

Next deadline for proposals: December 1; Spring 2010 deadline: March 15.

  • ACM-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grants – The program can support your research activities by funding short visits to Chicago to use the University's resources. Proposals are reviewed quarterly.

Next deadline: December 1.


On the Off-Campus Study Programs


Summer Programs for Students

  • Summer programs for students in Mexico City and India offer service learning and immersion in language and culture.
  • The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project in Jordan will offer seven weeks of archaeological training in summer 2010. The deadline to apply is December 15.

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Posted on November 25, 2009