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ACM Notes-Summer 2011

ACM Voices

The "Strong Glue" of Consortial Collaboration

Guest columnist: Scott Lewis, ACM Director of Publications

Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

The ACM admission directors have a long history of working together on a wide range of activities, notes Scott Lewis. Their current Pipeline Project to increase the number of students from Chicago Public Schools at ACM colleges shows, once again, the value of an "infrastructure of collaboration."

Read Scott Lewis' column


Capstone conference will take stock of faculty research and workshops

The "FaCE Value: Advances through Collaboration" conference on October 28-30 will celebrate, assess, and further disseminate the results of the ACM-Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Project, as well as explore paths for future collaborations. Read about it

Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning

How does understanding animals help us understand what it means to be human?

The first of five annual SAIL seminars will take 15 ACM faculty to Washington, DC, next summer for a ten-day, interdisciplinary exploration of the topic "Animal Studies." Read about it

New PhDs bring diverse academic expertise to ACM campuses

Nine ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellows begin two-year appointments designed to show them the challenges and rewards of teaching at residential liberal arts colleges. Read about it

Olde English Classic

Profs (and a president or two) will be up the creek competing at Beloit

Beloit College's "Runner-in-Chief" has challenged faculty and staff teams to run for glory – and a shot at the Shoehorn Trophy – in an all-ACM race at the Olde English Classic. Read about it

Faculty to present research on "thinking about thinking"

Members of the ACM-Teagle Collegium on Student Learning will take their metacognition show on the road for presentations at the annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Read about it

Opportunities for Faculty

The ACM Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Project wraps up with a set of conferences and workshops in 2011-12. See the FaCE calendar of events for the full list.

Three of the events are currently seeking ACM faculty from across the disciplines as presenters and participants:

  • Schumptoberfest 2011 will be held at Lawrence University on October 21-23. Known officially as the ACM Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts Curriculum, this event will be devoted to exploring the state-of-the-art of research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to fostering exchange of research ideas related to these areas, and to promoting the development of strategies for incorporating the emerging body of knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship into curricula. Faculty from all departments are invited. Visit the conference website for more information and to register.
  • Call for papers, roundtables, and workshops: The Past, Present, and Future of the Book. The explosion of new digital book technologies has paradoxically energized more traditional studies of the book. This conference, on February 3-4 at Cornell College, aims to nurture cross-curricular work and to foster on-going collaborations in scholarship and teaching by bringing together scholars, artists, and librarians from multiple disciplines. Visit the conference website for more information and to submit a proposal. Deadline: September 30.
  • Call for participants: High Stakes Performance by Liberal Arts College Students: Understanding and Coping with Anxiety. At this workshop on November 11-12 at Macalester College, faculty from across the disciplines will learn about performance anxiety among high potential college students. Sian Bielock, author of the book Choke, will deliver a keynote address. Sessions will focus on test anxiety, live performance, and the role of gender and race in performance anxiety. Based on these sessions, and discussions with the rest of the group, participants will formulate actions plans for themselves and/or their department. For more information, contact Laura Nichols at Macalester ( or 651-696-6386).

FaCE will award one more round of Presentation Grants to enable faculty to present the results of FaCE-funded projects at national conferences. Deadline for proposals: October 1. Read about it

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.

Stuart Pearlman

Stuart Pearlman in Costa Rica

On the Off-Campus Study Programs

Macalester College geographer Bill Moseley will bring a practical, on-the-ground approach to teaching – as well as years of experience in Africa – when he serves as director the ACM Botswana Program next spring. Read about it

Professors from Beloit, Luther, and Monmouth Colleges have been tapped as visiting faculty and directors on ACM off-campus programs in Botswana, India, and London during the 2012-13 academic year. Read about it

Looking back on his memorable semester in Costa Rica, Stuart Pearlman from Lake Forest College said that living and working with a family on a remote farm "was one of the most enriching experiences of my life." Read about it

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Summer 2011 issue posted August 26, 2011

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