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ACM-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grants

The University of Chicago, a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest from 1988-2008, generously created an ACM Faculty Development Grant Program to promote interaction between ACM faculty and the University. The five-year program, which ran through the 2012-13 academic year, allowed faculty at ACM member colleges to propose a variety of research activities that took advantage of the unique resources of the University of Chicago and helped advance the scholarly agendas of liberal arts faculty. ACM thanks the University of Chicago for its partnership in this faculty development program

Grants supported travel and costs associated with brief residencies or interactions at the University. The maximum amount of an award was $3,000. The main areas of focus included:

  1. Participation in one of the Graduate Workshops sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CAS). These workshops typically involve interdisciplinary collaborations and presentations by university faculty members, graduate students, and guest speakers from other institutions. A full list of current workshops can be found at
  2. Focused research in the University’s libraries that takes advantage of collections and holdings otherwise not available to ACM faculty members.
  3. Participation in other collaborations with University of Chicago faculty arranged through ongoing disciplinary associations or participation in other University of Chicago-affiliated seminar or discussion groups.

Projects could involve a combination of activities. For example, a faculty member could participate in the meetings of a CAS workshop and build in library research time around that event. Visitor access to the University libraries was arranged as part of the grant award.