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Site Visit Will Give Faculty an Inside View of New ACM Program in Shanghai

Site Visit Will Give Faculty an Inside View of New ACM Program in Shanghai August 26, 2015

On the Bund in ShanghaiOn the Bund in Shanghai.

Shanghai is the financial center of China and a global city that exemplifies that country’s economic boom and rising international prominence during the past 20 years. This fall, the city is the destination for the first group of students to participate in the ACM Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China program.

To help faculty learn about what this new fall semester program has to offer, ACM will sponsor a faculty site visit to Shanghai in October to see the program in action.

“The Shanghai Program makes an off-campus study experience in China accessible to students from a wide range of majors,” said Joan Gillespie, ACM Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs. “We hope that the faculty who apply for the site visit will similarly represent the opportunities the program offers in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, political science, and environmental studies, just to name a few, as well as Asian studies.”

ACM Faculty Site Visit to Shanghai

October 12-17, 2015

  • Open to faculty in any discipline
  • Apply by Sept. 8

The site visit will include a tour of the campus of East China Normal University (ECNU), ACM’s partner institution and the home base for the program, and meetings with ECNU faculty, the ACM visiting faculty director, and students currently on the program. Field trips in Shanghai, which students go on as part of their courses and as activities arranged by ECNU, will also be on the itinerary during the four-day trip.

Faculty on the site visit will contribute to the program’s curriculum by giving a guest lecture or leading a workshop or master class in their area of expertise while they are in Shanghai.

The program’s visiting faculty director this fall is Professor of Economics Liang Ding from Macalester College, who will teach a course on China’s Modern Economy and guide students in their independent study projects.

ECNU campusOn the campus of East China Normal University.

To deepen the students’ cultural immersion in Shanghai, Chinese language study is required and offered at levels from beginning through advanced. There is not a language prerequisite and all of the program’s elective courses are taught in English. ECNU, which hosts international students from around the world, offers content courses in disciplines such as business, economics, sociology, philosophy, politics and international relations, urban studies, and geography.

A group of four or five faculty will be selected for the Shanghai site visit. As with all ACM site visits, faculty at ACM colleges who are tenured, tenure-track, or in other continuing appointments are eligible to apply. ACM will cover the cost of round-trip transportation, lodging and meals, and local travel during the site visit.

Site visits are designed to give faculty a firsthand understanding of the program, its curriculum, and the resources offered by the location, so they can become more knowledgeable in advising students about participating in the program. The experience also encourages faculty to engage with the program, such as by serving as a member of the program’s Faculty Advisory Committee or as visiting faculty for the program.

Visit the Faculty Site Visits webpage for more information and a Call for Applications for the Shanghai site visit. The deadline to apply is September 8.

Photos courtesy of Emily Gaul.


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