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Attention Faculty: Free Trip to Florence to Sample Gelato!

Attention Faculty: Free Trip to Florence to Sample Gelato! May 6, 2011

Some restrictions apply, though, for participating in ACM’s new Faculty Site Visits Program.

ACM will offer a new professional development opportunity for faculty at the member colleges through the Faculty Site Visits Program. In the first site visit, a group of several professors will be selected to travel to Italy this fall to meet with students, faculty, and local affiliates of the fall and spring programs in Florence.

Photo by Heather EverstACM Florence Program instructor Gail Solberg teaching a class on site in Florence.

“There’s no better way to introduce faculty to the quality of our off-campus study programs around the world than to have them spend a few days on site and see the program in action,” said Carol Dickerman, ACM’s Director of International Study Programs. “The setting is central to the program’s curriculum, and the faculty will be able to see that firsthand.”

Participants in the site visit will contribute to the academic offerings of the Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture program, as well, by giving a guest lecture, workshop, or master class during their visit.

Plans call for the Faculty Site Visits Program to sponsor a trip each semester to one of the consortial program sites, which include Chicago and five international locations in addition to Italy – Botswana, Costa Rica, India, Tanzania, and the U.K.

The main goals of the program, according to Dickerman, are:

  • To familiarize faculty with the site, the local experts, and the curricular and co-curricular offerings of an ACM off-campus program;
  • To promote faculty’’s future engagement with the program, such as serving as visiting faculty or a campus advisor;
  • To help faculty identify and advise appropriate students about participating on the program; and
  • To expand faculty professional networks.

Faculty interested in applying for the site visit to Florence should visit the Faculty Site Visits Program webpage for more information. The application deadline is June 15, 2011.


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