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ACM Notes - Fall 2018

Building a diverse pipeline for future faculty

As colleges and universities across the country seek ways to ensure that the diversity among their faculty reflects the diversity in their student populations, a highly successful collaboration between the ACM and the Big Ten Academic Alliance research universities is making a difference.

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Here at ACM 

ACM President Sonya Malunda reflects on her first year

During the past year, my first as ACM’s president, I have had the opportunity to meet many faculty, students, and staff on their home campuses and at consortial meetings. I am inspired by the passion for residential liberal arts education and the commitment to collaboration across the consortium.

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New and familiar faces: Who’s doing what at ACM

The ACM team includes new faces as well as veteran staff who are helping the organization continue to work with students, faculty and staff across the consortium. Here are some highlights. 

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Knox College establishes Chicago base of operations at ACM

Downtown-Chicago-based Knox staffers are Joshua Ferchau, Director of International Student Services and Admission; and Antonio Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Admission.

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Faculty-Staff Initiatives

Institute on College Futures pursues new focus on shared governance

The Institute on College Futures changed focus in July to explore the important topic of shared governance in the residential liberal arts college setting. Participating in the two-day pilot session were faculty members from all 14 ACM member colleges, along with one president and three deans who served as facilitators.

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Faculty Career Enhancement gathering examines new approaches to liberal education

The agenda of the fifth annual Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) conference was devoted to an exploration of inclusive communities of practice as a pedagogical tool to assist colleges in engaging 21st-century students and classrooms. Forty faculty members from 13 ACM colleges attended.

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Digital literacy initiatives emerge on ACM campuses

Staff from eight ACM colleges convened at Macalester College in July to explore developing digital literacy frameworks at their institutions, and to form vision statements and plans for the initiatives. The participating colleges—Beloit, Carleton, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, Luther, St. Olaf, and Macalester—also discussed potential collaborations. The idea for the workshop originated last April during the ACM Library, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officers’ meeting. 

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Student Programs

ACM volleyball tournament highlights integration of athletics, academics

Teams from eight ACM colleges took the court September 7-9 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, for the fifth ACM Volleyball Tournament. Players and coaches also gathered for ACM dinners on Friday and Saturday evening during the tournament and heard an inspiring talk from former Lawrence University volleyball player Stephanie Kliethermes, who is now research director for the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine.

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Nick Adams Short Story Contest Deadline is Feb. 15, 2019

Student entries are now being solicited for the forty-seventh annual Nick Adams Short Story Contest.

Apply by March 15 for Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

The ACM and Chicago’s Newberry Library will offer a seminar on research in the humanities, titled “One for the Books: Pleasures and Politics of Reading,” during the fall 2019 semester.

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