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ACM Notes-Fall 2010

President's Column

The Centrality of Teaching and Learning

By Christopher Welna, ACM President

Christopher Welna

Christopher Welna

Dear ACM colleagues,

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work at ACM is the ongoing conversation I have with you and your colleagues. Wherever the conversation takes place – on a campus, at a consortial meeting, in a phone call or email – I am repeatedly impressed by the extensive and rich thought you give to achieving excellence in teaching and learning at your college.

The centrality of teaching and learning for the ACM colleges again came to the fore during two recent visits I made to ACM campuses....

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ACM Urban Education Program in Chicago returns with focus on student teaching

Vicki Trinder

Vicki Trinder

Were your students in prior years among the many who studied on the ACM Urban Education Program (UEP)?  Faculty from ACM campuses, together with former program faculty member Vicki Trinder and ACM staff, are working to re-establish the program.

UEP will be offered in both fall and spring semesters beginning in 2011-12. The curriculum will include student teaching in Chicago public school classrooms under the guidance of experienced mentor teachers.  It will also provide a weekly seminar and urban education course, development of a professional portfolio by each student, and engagement with the school communities.

You can find out more on the Urban Education: Student Teaching webpage. For updates during the year, contact Sally Noble at ACM.

Opportunities for Faculty

ACM FaCE Project

FaCE offers grants for collaborative faculty workshops and research

  • Could you use support for collaborative research or other activities that involve students, faculty from another department, or faculty from other ACM colleges? December 1 is the next deadline to apply for grants from the ACM-Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Project. See the Call for Proposals and the FaCE webpage for details.
  • Upcoming FaCE events:

Performance Educators Conference on Oct. 22-24 at Coe College
e-Portfolios: Electronic Pasta workshop on Nov. 5-6 at Coe College

  • ACM has partnered with the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College to disseminate the results of FaCE-funded projects. SERC serves as the permanent repository of materials generated and collected through FaCE-funded collaborations. See the FaCE website at SERC.

Support for ACM colleagues to meet

Funds up to $750 are 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.

Funding for faculty visits to the Chicago Programs

Would your research or teaching benefit from interacting with students and faculty in Chicago?  The ACM Chicago Programs have opportunities for faculty to visit during the academic year as guest speakers.  The Programs offer supervised internship placements with academic reflection and coursework on arts, business & entrepreneurship, and urban studies in the city.  You and your students can learn more at the Chicago Programs webpage or by contacting Sally Noble at ACM.

On the Off-Campus Study Programs

Chicago Programs offers a new spring quarter/trimester calendar option.

Spring quarter/trimester option for Chicago Programs

ACM has added a spring quarter/trimester option for the Chicago Programs. The new calendar option, running from mid-March to late May, is available for the Chicago Arts, Urban Studies, and Business, Entrepreneurship, & Society programs. Students take the Chicago Programs core course, a seminar on a program-related topic, and choose either an internship or an independent study project. The application deadline for the spring quarter/trimester is December 15.

This new option for the Chicago Programs joins Florence: Arts in Context winter quarter/trimester (early January – late March) and the Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities spring quarter/trimester (early April to mid-June), both of which began in 2010.

First group of students participates in ACM Brazil Exchanges

Four students are participating in the new Brazil: Semester Exchange Programs this fall. Three of the students were named as ACM-Brazil FIPSE Environmental Fellows and received $4,000 scholarships through a four-year, $265,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education. For the spring 2011 semester, one Environmental Fellow has already been named and will receive a scholarship. The scholarship selection committee expects to have one additional scholarship available for spring 2011 for a student who applies at the October 15 deadline. See the Brazil Exchange webpage for more details.

Direct enrollment option in Costa Rica

Looking ahead to 2011-12, ACM will offer a direct enrollment option at Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) as part of the fall semester Costa Rica: Language, Society, & the Environment. Students will take one or two courses at UCR alongside Costa Rican students and two courses through the ACM program.

Costa Rica spring quarter/trimester participant Isaac Jaurez with his host mother during the field research phase of the program.

Go to the ACM website to read about ACM programs

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Fall 2010 issue posted October 10, 2010

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