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Off-Campus Opportunities

The consortial off-campus study programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the US provide a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff at ACM colleges.

  • "My experiences in Tanzania have given me a sure-fire way to connect with my students."

    —Ripon College biologist Memuna Khan reflects on being a Visiting Faculty Director in Tanzania.

    Through visiting faculty positions on ACM programs, faculty teach and mentor students in settings that provide place-based resources that are not available on the home campus. In many cases, visiting faculty have opportunities to pursue their research interests and make professional contacts in conjunction with their term away from campus. ACM provides an annual professional development conference for visiting faculty and on-site program staff.
  • The Faculty Site Visits Program introduces faculty to the curriculum and site-specific resources of individual ACM off-campus programs.
  • Travel grants are available for faculty to visit the Newberry Library in Chicago or the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee if they are interested in applying for visiting faculty positions at those two program sites.
  • Faculty Advisory Committees (FAC) play a key role in advising consortial and program staff on the curriculum and focus of each off-campus program. FACs meet annually and committee members are appointed by their academic deans. See each ACM college's list of faculty advisors for ACM programs. FAC meetings are listed on the ACM calendar.
  • Learning from Study Away (LSA) is an ongoing effort to develop assessment tools to for gauging student learning on ACM off-campus study programs and to give program faculty and staff information that they can use for program improvement. LSA has been developed through collaboration among ACM consortial staff, faculty and staff at ACM off-campus program sites, faculty advisory committees, and other faculty who have consulted on the project.