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Join the hundreds of faculty, staff, and administrative leaders who collaborate through ACM to share resources, address emerging topics and challenges in higher education, and develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Recent workshop sessions and series have focused on antiracism and inclusive equity, online course design and pedagogies, student mental health and well-being, strategies to support the retention and success of minoritized faculty, and other topics. 

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Anti-Racism Workshops

The 14 ACM colleges aim to address the institutional and structural forms of racism that have contributed to the differential experiences and outcomes for students, faculty, and staff from minoritized backgrounds. In addition to community building activities and data collection and analysis strategies, the ACM colleges hosts an Anti-Racism Workshop series designed to assist faculty and staff develop anti-racism skills and knowledge to enhance teaching, learning, and faculty/student well-being.

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Institute on College Futures (ICF)

Through the Institute on College Futures (ICF), the ACM colleges created a model of professional development to engage faculty in addressing financial and other strategic challenges their colleges face. Initially composed of a series of in-person institutes, the ICF also includes ICF Online, a short online course that offers an interactive approach to the ICF content. The course is available to both ACM and non-ACM faculty and staff.

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ACM Creates Workshop Series on Online Course Design and Pedagogies

Online Course Design & Pedagogies Workshop

Following the abrupt shift to remote learning in Spring 2020, the ACM developed a summer workshop series to enhance online course design and pedagogy. The eight-week series is now available for streaming to all liberal arts educators. 

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Quarterly Workshops

The ACM hosts a series of quarterly workshops for faculty and staff on topics of emerging importance in the liberal arts context. Past sessions have focused on student mental health and well-beingAmong a number of topics being considered for future sessions is strategies for navigating circumstances, sometimes complicated, in which principles of academic freedom collide with diversity and inclusive equity strategies.

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“The ACM Anti-Racism Workshops provide models for change and a community where we can participate in necessary albeit uncomfortable work. In striving to become anti-racist individuals and institutions, we inevitably challenge many strongly held beliefs. The community provided by the ACM bolsters us and gives us a place to turn when we do not know what comes next.”

Danielle Fatkin

Danielle Steen Fatkin

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Associate Professor of History, and Co-chair of Archaeology
Knox College
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