Faculty from five ACM colleges are leaders of three projects that received a total of nearly $83,000 in funding from the Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Program in the recent Spring 2015 funding cycle.
FaCE awards funding through a competitive process for initiatives that bring faculty together to explore innovative ways to strengthen teaching and learning at the ACM colleges.
“As in the first round of FaCE funding last fall, this cycle was very competitive,” said Brian Williams, ACM Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs. “We received eight proposals from faculty requesting funds totaling $192,590. The FaCE Steering Committee had funding to support only three of those projects.”
“The faculty and administrative colleagues who submitted these proposals came up with terrific ideas, and we expect that the projects funded will deliver a lot of collaborative ‘bang for the buck,’ so to speak,” Williams said. “These efforts are interdisciplinary, they will encourage faculty to reach out to colleagues on other campuses, and they have robust plans for disseminating the results of the projects, both face-to-face at workshops and conferences and through project websites.”
The projects funded in Spring 2015 are:
- A Model for Maker Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts: The Lawrence University Interdisciplinary Makerspace for Engaged Learning
Project leaders: Angela Vanden Elzen (Library, Lawrence University), David Hall (Chemistry, Lawrence University), and Arno Damerow (Instructional Technology, Lawrence University)
The project will create a “makerspace” with technology and tools where faculty and students can engage in innovative, hands-on experiments and problem-solving. The Lawrence makerspace will be supported by a pedagogy group on campus as well as an open house and workshop for faculty from across the ACM.
Project leaders: Amy Ongiri (Film Studies, Lawrence University), Theresa Geller (English, Grinnell College), and John Kaufman (Theater, Beloit College)
The event will offer students a prime opportunity to showcase their films and videos, screenplays, and scholarly research on film studies and visual culture. The project is also designed to create faculty collaboration for curricular development in film studies across the consortium.
Project leaders: Ashley Hodgson (Economics, St. Olaf College) and Eric Carter (Geography, Macalester College)
Students at St. Olaf and Macalester will use video conferencing to connect with each other and with students at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad to share information about health care systems in different countries.
FaCE awarded nearly $170,000 for projects designed and led by ACM faculty in the two funding cycles of this first year of the six-year program, which is supported by a generous $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Each academic year, FaCE emphasizes a theme related to the challenges and opportunities facing liberal arts colleges. The theme is highlighted at a consortial conference early in the fall and project proposals related to the theme receive preference in the program’s annual fall and spring funding cycles.
The FaCE theme in 2015-16 — also the topic of a consortial conference in Chicago on September 25-27 — will be Cognitive Science: What Is It and What Can It Offer Liberal Education? The Fall 2015 funding cycle will have a deadline for pre-proposals in October (exact date TBA). The FaCE Steering Committee will invite the authors of selected pre-proposals to submit revised proposals for funding consideration.