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Call for FaCE Pre-Proposals

In each funding cycle, the call for pre-proposals (3-4 pages) invites initial ideas from ACM faculty interested in collaborating with their ACM peers to pursue projects aimed at innovation.

The Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Program funds joint research projects, teaching and learning collaborations, collaboratively organized events, reading groups, and other initiatives that:

  • Engage faculty either from multiple institutions or from different departments within a single institution;
  • Identify and test innovations that have the potential to address current challenges or opportunities faced by liberal arts colleges and their faculty; and
  • Show plans to become sustainable on the campuses involved and demonstrate the potential to be replicable on other campuses through effective dissemination strategies.

The FaCE Steering Committee, composed of three ACM Deans, will screen the pre-proposals and invite the most promising among them to submit full proposals.

Annual FaCE Theme and Conference

Each year, FaCE identifies a theme designed to prompt ideas for projects that might fit within the broader parameters of FaCE and sponsors a conference focused on the theme and the process of preparing FaCE grant proposals.

In 2019-20, the thematic focus is Supporting Teaching and Learning through Experiential Learning.

Themes in previous years have included Faculty Development around Pedagogical Communities of Practice (2018-19), Collaborative Faculty Development to Integrate Off-Campus Study and On-Campus Learning (2017-18), Strategies for Building Community (On, Off, and Across Liberal Arts Campuses) (2016-17), Cognitive Science and the Liberal Arts (2015-16), and Technology Enabled Education: Enhancing Faculty and Student Engagement in the Liberal Arts College (2014-15).

These themes, offered as suggestions, are not intended to narrow the vision that faculty might have in proposing projects to address other challenges or opportunities liberal arts colleges face. The FaCE Steering Committee hopes that projects proposed each round will include a mix of proposals both related and unrelated to the thematic emphasis of the current year.

What challenge or opportunity faced by liberal arts colleges affects your work as a faculty member? What collaborative innovation might you propose as a way of addressing that challenge or leveraging the opportunity? What would be new and how could your proposed innovation be sustained? These are the types of projects the FaCE Steering Committee would welcome in an initial Pre-Proposal.

Revised Plans for Spring 2020 Funding Cycle

IMPORTANT UPDATE - March 13, 2020

In response to COVID-19 and the focus that faculty on many ACM campuses currently have on transitioning to online pedagogies and other related concerns, the spring 2020 funding cycle has been postponed and will be renewed in early fall 2020. A due date for pre-proposal submission at that time has not yet been set. You can assume, however, that it will be in late September or early October.

Those who are currently working on a pre-proposal submission may continue to do so through the project portal at That link will remain live through the end of the spring semester/term and through the summer months. The prompts and other instructions as outlined below have not changed.

  • Deadline for pre-proposals: Late September/early October 2020 (precise date t.b.d.)

Pre-Proposals must be submitted through the ACM Projects Portal.

  • Deadline for invited full proposals: t.b.d.

Pre-proposal applicants will be informed if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.

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