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Site Visit Will Give Faculty a Close-up View of the ACM Chicago Program

Site Visit Will Give Faculty a Close-up View of the ACM Chicago Program October 3, 2011

Chicago will be the destination for the second ACM Faculty Site Visit this spring, giving a group of professors from ACM campuses a close-up view of the Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Urban Studies.

“The site visit will be a sampler of what goes on over the course of just a few days in the Chicago Program,” according to Sally Noble, ACM Program Officer. “Faculty will get to look in on seminars and Core Course, talk with program faculty and students, and – as our students do every day – be out and about in the city.”

The Chicago Program takes an interdisciplinary approach and is structured to help students integrate what they learn in Chicago – through their courses, internships, independent projects, and interactive experiences – with their ongoing academic work on campus.

Within the framework of the program’s three main areas of focus – arts, entrepreneurship, and urban studies – program faculty and students engage with a wide range of the city’s resources. Guest speakers and visits to businesses and organizations across Chicago fill the program calendar.

“What the faculty experience will depend on what’s happening the week of the site visit,” Noble said. “There might be a visit to a start-up company to talk with the founder, a chance to hear from an alderman, or a discussion with an artist in her studio. Recently, the students got to ask questions of Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a neighborhood press conference.”

Along with learning about the program’s curriculum and what it offers to students, faculty selected for the site visit can expand their networks in Chicago and will contribute to the program by offering a guest lecture, workshop, or master class during the visit.

“With the range of topics addressed by the Chicago Program,” Noble noted, “this site visit will be attractive to faculty from several departments and disciplines.”

ACM faculty who are tenured, tenure-track, or in other continuing appointments may apply to participate in the site visit. Preference will be given to applicants not already familiar with the program being visited. ACM covers expenses for transportation, lodging, and meals.

See the Faculty Site Visits Program webpage for details about applying for the spring 2012 Chicago site visit. The application deadline has been extended to December 15, 2011. Interested faculty can also contact Sally Noble at ACM.


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