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ACM Notes - Winter 2018

A newsletter for faculty and administrators

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Botswana program

Volunteering and independent projects engage students with culture in Botswana

Professor Stephen Volz will help students connect with people and organizations in Gaborone when he returns as visiting faculty director of the Botswana program in spring 2019.


At the Coe College Wilderness Field Station

Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE)

FaCE grants awarded for collaborations among 16 faculty from seven ACM colleges

Two initiatives aim to gather expertise across ACM to support colleges’ field stations and to create online resources for teaching history.


Cover of Epilogue by Will Boast


Once a contestant, now the judge

Award-winning writer Will Boast to select this year’s winner in the 46th annual Nick Adams Short Story Contest for students at ACM colleges.


ACM President Sonya Malunda

Venture out of your comfort zone, both on campus and beyond

Addressing Luther College’s Spring Convocation, ACM President Sonya Malunda spoke of the necessity of engaging with new ideas and experiences.


ACM Softball Dome Tournament

Under a roof, players catch fly balls, not colds

The first ACM Softball Dome Tournament will bring early March games to Minnesota.


Countering perceptions of tech in the classroom

ACM's Ed Finn points to innovative collaborations at ACM colleges in EDUCAUSE Review.



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ACM Voices

Leveraging ACM collaboration to support faculty-led study away

Joan Gillespie

By Joan Gillespie, ACM Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs

Emerging research shows benefits for faculty who lead off-campus study and the essential role of training in their success. As enrollments in faculty-led study away at ACM colleges increase, consortial collaboration could provide key support for this valuable faculty development.



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Opportunities for Faculty

Give your teaching a change of scene

From Rio to Amman to Shanghai, ACM has opportunities for you to teach and mentor students off-campus for a semester. Applications are being accepted for ACM visiting faculty positions in Botswana, Brazil, China, India, Jordan, and Tanzania.

Learn about the economic challenges facing your college and how to address them

Are you ready to participate in planning and budgeting at your institution? Build your understanding of college finances by taking ICF Online, the ACM mini-course that you can take anytime, anyplace, in about four hours. Course details and registration information


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Off-Campus Study Updates

Newberry Seminar

Students join Newberry Library’s community of scholars

ACM's partnership with world-class archive gives students access to resources and staff for a unique immersion in humanities research.


Basilica of San Marcos in Venice

Listening across the centuries in Florence

Lake Forest music professor Nicholas Wallin will explore Renaissance performance in courses and site visits on the London & Florence program.


Chicago Program

Chicago Program videos

Living, learning, and making connections

Hear what students say about their experiences with internships, seminars, and daily life in one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.


Molly McNicoll

Balancing environmental issues and human well-being in Rio de Janeiro

As Brazil program visiting faculty director, Luther biologist Molly McNicoll will use case studies and problem-solving to help students gain new perspectives.



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Winter 2018 issue posted February 26, 2018

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