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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. The ACM Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) addressed this gap.

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Program Details

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

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

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