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ACM Notes-Spring 2014

A newsletter for ACM faculty & administrators

ACM Voices

Going Beyond "Awesome" in Assessing Student Learning

Guest columnists: Joan Gillespie, Elizabeth Ciner, and David Schodt

Elizabeth Ciner, David Schodt, and Joan Gillespie

The first year of ACM's pilot project called Learning from Study Away has yielded lessons about using assessment to improve our off-campus programs and our students' learning.

Joan Gillespie (right) is ACM Vice President & Director of Off-Campus Study Programs

Elizabeth Ciner and David Schodt are ACM Senior Program Officers for Faculty & Staff Development Programs

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Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Brian Williams to join ACM staff as vice president

Former VP at Knox will take key role in leading and expanding faculty development and grand-funded initiatives. Read about it

ICF seminar will address economic issues facing liberal arts colleges

Institute on College Futures on June 18-20 aims to prepare ACM faculty to discuss college finances with colleagues on their campuses. Read about it

Co-winners from Knox and St. Olaf share $1,000 Nick Adams prize

Zoey Slater and Alex Zimay were winners of the 42nd annual short story contest for student writers at ACM colleges. Read about it

Tales of adventures, challenges, and academic and personal growth

Students from across the ACM shared their experiences during the Student Symposium on Off-Campus Study. Read about it and see videos of the students’ presentations

Opportunities for Faculty

  • The Online Teaching Workshop on June 13 in Chicago will provide an introduction to developing and teaching online courses, with presentations by Shonda Kuiper (Grinnell), Brad Miller (Luther), and Chad Topaz (Macalester). Interested in attending? Contact David Schodt at ACM.
  • 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

  • For Rebekah Wiles (Colorado) and David Petersen (Knox), the Brazil Exchange Program was a plunge into Portuguese language, Brazilian culture, and a much different style of academic and campus life. Read about it
  • Kailey Colestock in Jordan

    Kailey Colestock in Jordan

    Conducting research on women's perspectives in Amman, Jordan brought together the academic and experiential aspects of off-campus study for Cornell student Kailey Colestock. Read about it
  • On the Chicago Program, neighborhood exploration and identifying a community's assets build students' understanding of the city block by block. Read about it
  • Lake Forest student Vicky Egedus' research project on the Costa Rica Program contributed to the country's public health efforts and gave her a new career focus. Read about it

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Spring 2014 issue posted May 29, 2014

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