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Grant-Funded Opportunities

SAIL 2016 group at Stanford

SAIL Silicon Valley faculty participants meeting at the Stanford University with Colorado College alumnus Terry Winograd (right), who was Ph.D. thesis advisor to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

ACM offers significant opportunities for faculty collaboration and development across the spectrum of teaching, research, and service thanks to generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, and other partners.

The current portfolio of grant-funded activities supports projects designed and initiated by faculty and staff at ACM colleges, seminars focused on interdisciplinary learning and curricular development, annual institutes and an online course on the economics of higher education, collaborations to explore technology-enabled education, and efforts to foster diversity in the professoriate.

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Collaboration to Institutionalize High-Impact Practices in the Liberal Arts

Faculty and staff drive innovative ways to institutionalize high-impact practices on and across ACM campuses. Collaborative projects will identify and implement new incentive structures that will reliably improve student access to high-impact practices, increase their participation, and enhance their education.

Funded by a grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE)

FaCE aims to foster a culture of innovation among ACM faculty in their central educational role at ACM colleges. In two funding cycles each year, FaCE invites faculty and staff at member institutions to propose teaching and learning collaborations, conferences and workshops, joint research projects, and other cooperative initiatives.

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL)

Intensive off-campus study experiences for ACM faculty to explore topics in settings that encourage multiple perspectives and collaborations across disciplines. SAIL seminars lay the foundation for participants to develop innovative, integrative course materials for upper-level students on their campuses.

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Institute on College Futures (ICF)

Annual ICF seminars are designed to build a deeper understanding among ACM faculty of the economic challenges facing their colleges and strategies for strengthening and sustaining college finances.

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

ICF Online

An online mini-course makes the content about college finances presented at the Institute on College Futures available to faculty and staff at any college.

Funded by a grant from The Teagle Foundation.

Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate

The Fellows Program aims to foster diversity in the professoriate through collaboration between undergraduate and graduate programs at the ACM liberal arts colleges and the research universities in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the University of Chicago. The program offers undergraduate fellowships for ACM students, tenure-track faculty fellowship appointments at ACM colleges, and workshops on nurturing diversity through campus climate, hiring, and promoting.

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Technology in Teaching & Learning

Using innovative pedagogies that incorporate technology, campuses have been connecting faculty, sharing resources, closing geographic gaps, and reaching more students. Consortial efforts supporting and facilitating these efforts include the ACM Liaison for Innovation and Collaboration in Teaching and Learning, FaCE grants, and the Online Learning Project.

Enhancing the Midwest Knowledge Ecosystem (EMKE)

A partnership between the ACM liberal arts colleges, the research universities in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the University of Chicago to explore potential collaboration in two areas: digital humanities and languages, particularly less commonly taught languages, language pedagogy, and opportunities for language sharing.

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Note: The Past Faculty Development Programs webpage has information about many of the professional development programs that ACM completed prior to 2014.