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Teaching and Learning Are at the Core of Projects Awarded FaCE Grants in Spring 2016

Published: June 7, 2016

Collaborative faculty projects that will create case studies to teach data science, develop an online musicology textbook, produce curriculum in translation studies, and inform faculty about pedagogical techniques based on cognitive science research have received funding in the latest round of grants awarded by the ACM Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) program.

In all, 22 faculty members from nine ACM colleges are involved in the four projects awarded FaCE grants in spring 2016. The projects were selected from among eight projects for which ACM received pre-proposals.

Supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the FaCE program is designed to encourage and fund innovative, collaborative projects that bring together ACM faculty, either from different campuses or across disciplines on an individual campus.

The projects awarded grants in spring 2016 are:

Music faculty from Beloit College, Colorado College, Lawrence University, and St. Olaf College will collaborate to create a peer-reviewed, open-source, online music "textbook" that is up to date with current musicology pedagogy and scholarship and targeted at the needs of liberal arts college faculty.

Mathematics and statistics faculty from Carleton College, Grinnell College, and Lawrence University aim to develop a series of interdisciplinary case studies using relevant, real-world data that can be used in courses at ACM colleges to teach students how to make data-based decisions in their disciplines.

To encourage effective teaching of global literacy and global cultural exchange at ACM colleges, 11 faculty from Coe College, Cornell College, and Grinnell College, along with a colleague from the University of Iowa, will create programs and resources for innovative student learning, faculty development, and curriculum design in the rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field of translation studies.

What can the latest cognitive science research tell us about how students can best learn, recall, and transfer knowledge? How can faculty apply those insights? That will be the topic of a series of workshops, led by experts in the field, that an interdisciplinary group of four Knox College faculty will plan for their colleagues. The project leaders also will work with faculty at Lawrence University to create a repository of teaching materials.

ACM issues calls for pre-proposals for FaCE grants in the fall and spring of each academic year. Groups of faculty and staff from ACM colleges are eligible to apply for grants in a two-step process, beginning with a brief pre-proposal. Selected groups are then invited to follow up by submitting full proposals for consideration. The next deadline for pre-proposals will be in early fall. See the FaCE webpage for details.


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