The ACM-Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Project has issued a new call for proposals for grants to support collaborative events and research by faculty at ACM colleges. The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2010.
The FaCE Project, which has been funded since 2004 by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is entering its final year. During the second phase of FaCE, nearly three dozen grants for a total of $270,000 have been awarded through five competitive funding cycles. In most cases, groups of faculty from several ACM colleges have worked together on the proposals and the resulting projects, underlining FaCE’s focus on fostering interdisciplinary collaboration across ACM campuses.
FaCE grants are awarded in two broad areas:
- Collaborative events bring faculty from ACM colleges together to discuss substantive research topics, to explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning, or to enable faculty in international and multicultural studies to share ideas and collaborate.
- Research collaborations are supported to explore new approaches to faculty/student research projects, to enable faculty to conduct research together across campuses and disciplines, to consider innovative off-campus courses and programs, and to address the scholarship of teaching and learning.
In 2010, FaCE grants have supported workshops and conferences on topics as varied as mobile computing for the field sciences, linguistics programs, integrating sustainability into the curriculum, and information literacy in the foreign languages. Still to come this fall are a workshop on e-portfolios and a conference for faculty in theatre and dance. A meeting of faculty who are examining first-year learning outcomes and their assessment and more collaborative events are being planned for 2011.
Among the FaCE-supported research projects currently underway are a working group on teaching Islam in the liberal arts curriculum, an inquiry into the impact of student social networks in the classroom, and explorations regarding possible off-campus study programs on Global Citizenship in the island nation of Malta and Earth and the Environment in Italy.
Complete information about preparing proposals is on the FaCE webpage. Faculty also are encouraged to contact the FaCE Liaison on their campus or ACM Vice President John Ottenhoff for more information and advice.
A special call for proposals will be issued shortly, aimed at encouraging recipients of FaCE grants in Phase Two of the project to make presentations at national and regional conferences about their collaborations.
The last regular funding cycle will be in spring 2011, with an April 1 deadline for proposals. The FaCE Project will conclude with a major ACM-wide conference next fall that will gather FaCE grant recipients with ACM academic deans and faculty colleagues to present, discuss, and assess the cumulative work of this project.
Projects funded through FaCE Phase II have webpages in the ACM-FaCE section of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) website hosted by Carleton College. SERC serves as the permanent repository of materials generated and collected through FaCE-funded collaborations.