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SAIL Program Overview

Many faculty at ACM colleges help to engage new students with liberal arts education through structured first-year experiences and off-campus study opportunities.  Yet outside of special majors, most students are rarely encouraged to engage with multiple disciplinary perspectives in the advanced coursework for their major. Just as rare are opportunities for faculty to engage in such multidisciplinary experiences. Though faculty are ideally positioned to model integrative approaches for their advanced students, they have little chance themselves to explore a new topic through immersive, multidisciplinary study with colleagues from other disciplines. SAIL aims to address this gap.

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Program Details

  • This program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Faculty at ACM colleges are eligible to participate in SAIL. All travel, lodging, and meals will be provided.
  • Participants will receive honoraria upon completion of curricular development projects. Members of the faculty leadership team will receive additional honoraria.
  • SAIL will take place annually for six years, beginning in 2012, with on-site portions occurring each summer at locations that will include US and international sites.
  • The structure and participants for each seminar will be determined through separate calls to ACM faculty.
  • The year before each seminar takes place:
    - A call for pre-proposals in the spring will solicit first ideas about the topic, site, and leadership, and a follow-up process will lead to final selections.
    - A call for seminar participants will be issued in the fall.

For questions, contact ACM Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs Brian Williams (312.561.5922).

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