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Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE)

Grinnell professor Shonda Kuiper

Grinnell College professor Shonda Kuiper collaborated with colleagues Laura Chihara (Carleton College) and Adam Loy (Lawrence University) to develop curricula for courses in statistics and data science.

Funding for Collaborative Faculty Innovation

What ideas do ACM faculty have to enhance teaching and learning at their colleges?

Are there new pedagogical approaches to try, or curricula to prepare students for emerging career paths, or ways to use instructional technology that engage students and bring resources into the classroom?

The Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE) awards grants that enable ACM faculty to engage in collaborative projects that explore ways to strengthen liberal arts education, and then to share the results widely with colleagues across the ACM and beyond.

Projects with Impact

With support from FaCE grants, faculty have created a wide range of projects to initiate change on ACM campuses, such as:

  • New curricula: To help address the demand for classes in statistics and data science, faculty from Grinnell College, Lawrence University, and Carleton College shared their expertise to create tutorials and case studies for those courses and make the materials freely available online.
  • Pedagogical advances: As field-based learning expands, Colorado College faculty and staff hosted a Symposium on Field Study to define and refine the pedagogy and practice of field study.
  • Introducing technology: Lawrence University created an interdisciplinary makerspace to provide access to advanced technology, such as 3-D printers, for faculty and students across disciplines.

Fall 2021 FaCE Funding Cycle

The Fall 2021 funding cycle, the final opportunity for collaborative project funding under FaCE, encourages projects that leverage our shared experiences over the last 18 months by exploring and institutionalizing the best practice pedagogies that have emerged amidst the pandemic and racial and social unrest

The FaCE Steering Committee has invited full proposal submissions from seven project teams who submitted pre-proposals. Those who have been invited to submit a full proposal have received information from ACM staff about the process and steps for completing those applications.

 For more information about the FaCE program, previously funded projects, and past FaCE conference proceedings, see:

The Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE) is an eight-year initiative supported by a generous $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.