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ACM Notes-Winter 2012

A newsletter for ACM faculty & administrators

ACM Voices

Transforming Liberal Arts Education and Careers ... One Post-doc at a Time

Guest columnist: John Ottenhoff, ACM Vice President

John Ottenhoff

John Ottenhoff

At the midpoint of the ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship program, how can we gauge the success of this ambitious five-year, $4 million effort? Is it in the excitement the Fellows bring to the classroom, the success the post-docs find in snagging tenure-track positions, or in the curricular changes we see on the campuses as a result of the program? The evidence points to another answer: "All of the above."

Read John Ottenhoff's column


Andrew Hageman

Post-doctoral Fellow Andrew Hageman

Design a faculty seminar you'd like to take

SAIL is seeking pre-proposals for an ACM faculty seminar at an international location in summer 2013. Deadline: April 12. Read about it

ACM-Mellon Post-docs give a boost to curriculum

Across the humanities and social sciences, the Post-doctoral Fellowship Program brings new academic specialties to campuses. Read about it

Author signs on to make the "write" choice

Novelist, editor, and teacher Gina Frangello will be the final judge in this year's Nick Adams Short Story Contest for students at ACM colleges. Read about it

"The A Chord" by Ian Heyse (Colorado College) was one of the winners in the ACM Off-Campus Study Photo Contest.

Picture this! Images from off-campus study capture students' experiences

An exhibit of prize-winning photos from the annual ACM Photo Contest is making the rounds of ACM campuses. Read about it and see the winning photos online

Taking a class to Chicago, with an assist from ACM staff

When Luther College professor Don Jones took his J-Term class to Chicago for a week, staff at the Chicago Program lent a hand with logistics, classroom space, and an orientation that got the students feeling right at home. Read about it

Opportunities for Faculty

  • Site visit to Costa Rica: ACM is looking for faculty who want to learn about off-campus study in Costa Rica and contribute expertise to students and staff on-site this fall. Deadline to apply: April 30.  Read about it
Costa Rica Program group in Heredia

Fall 2011 Costa Rica Program students and staff visiting the historic Central Park of the city of Heredia during a field trip.

  • Visiting faculty and program director positions on off-campus programs are available for 2013-14 in Florence, London, Botswana, Tanzania, and India. Deadline to apply: March 31. Read about it
  • ACM is searching for a Vice President to replace John Ottenhoff, who has been named VP for Academic Affairs at the College of Idaho. This is an opportunity for faculty to gain distinctive administrative experience and to have a broad impact on collaborations among the  ACM colleges. Candidates who would be on leave from their ACM institution will be considered. See the position description
  • Science Faculty: The Oak Ridge Science Semester is seeking Resident Directors for the fall 2012 and fall 2013 programs. Positions are 1/4 teaching and 3/4 research, plus a stipend for summer research. See the position descriptions
  • 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

  • Joe Moore and Ben Joravsky

    Alderman Joe Moore (left) and journalist Ben Joravsky at their discussion for the Chicago Program students.

  • Ripon College anthropologist Molly Margaretten offers advice for students going to Tanzania with her on the ACM program this fall. Read about it
  • Jeff Nadel used what he learned in his public health research project in Costa Rica to spark an initiative aimed at keeping senior citizens healthy. In the process, he sharpened his career focus. Read about it
  • The politician and the journalist square off: In a friendly debate, two ACM alumni gave Chicago Program students an insider's view of the state of the city. Read about it
  • Art historian Andrew Kennedy has joined the ACM staff in London to teach a course on architecture and history. Read about it
  • Students say village life makes ACM's Summer Program a compelling experience in India. Read about it

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Winter 2012 issue posted March 12, 2012

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