ACM-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grants

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The University of Chicago, a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest from 1988-2008, generously created an ACM Faculty Development Grant Program to promote interaction between ACM faculty and the University. The five-year program, which ran through the 2012-13 academic year, allowed faculty at ACM member colleges to propose a variety of research activities that took advantage of the unique resources of the University of Chicago and helped advance the scholarly agendas of liberal arts faculty. ACM thanks the University of Chicago for its partnership in this faculty development program

Grants supported travel and costs associated with brief residencies or interactions at the University. The maximum amount of an award was $3,000. The main areas of focus included:

  1. Participation in one of the Graduate Workshops sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CAS). These workshops typically involve interdisciplinary collaborations and presentations by university faculty members, graduate students, and guest speakers from other institutions. A full list of current workshops can be found at
  2. Focused research in the University’s libraries that takes advantage of collections and holdings otherwise not available to ACM faculty members.
  3. Participation in other collaborations with University of Chicago faculty arranged through ongoing disciplinary associations or participation in other University of Chicago-affiliated seminar or discussion groups.

Projects could involve a combination of activities. For example, a faculty member could participate in the meetings of a CAS workshop and build in library research time around that event. Visitor access to the University libraries was arranged as part of the grant award.

Grants Received

ACM college faculty (and the titles of their projects) who received grants through the ACM-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grant Program.


  • Brian Bockelman (History, Ripon College), Mapping New World Bohemias in the Early Twentieth Century: Lessons from the Chicago School of Urban Sociology
  • Adrienne Falcon (Anthropology/Sociology, Carleton College) Youth Programs in Chicago in the 20th Century
  • Eric Fure-Slocum (History, St. Olaf College), Losing Hope: Workers’ Disengagement and Political Cynicism in Metropolitan America
  • Daniel Groll (Philosophy, Carleton College), Conscientious Objection in Medicine
  • Fred Hagstrom (Studio Art, Carleton College), Printmaking and Bookmaking
  • Robert LaFleur (History and Anthropology, Beloit College) Round and Square – Seasons of Change on China’s Sacred Mountains
  • Debra Majeed (Religion, Beloit College), Marriage and Divorce in Muslim and Jewish Law
  • Voula Saridakis (History, Lake Forest College), World History in the Windy City: Understanding the Past through an Exploration of Chicago Objects


  • Robert Beck (Education, Lawrence University), Dialogic Relationships: Learning Theory and Tool
  • Steven Sacks (Religion, Cornell College), Israel in the Heavens


  • Patrick Naick (English, Coe College), St. Clair Drake’s and Horace Cayton’s Bronzeville


  • Elizabeth Carlson (Art History, Lawrence University), Merchandising Modernism: Cubism in the American Department Store
  • Shannon Reed (English, Cornell College), Reading and Studying Literature in the Early Modern Period
  • Emily Stovel (Anthropology, Ripon College), Chemical Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics from Museums


  • Stephen Fineberg (Classics, Knox College), Theseus and Ariadne; Greek Vases
  • Saadi Simawe (English, Grinnell College), Images of Blackness and Africanness in Arabic and American Literatures and Cultures
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