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2014-2015: Issue #13 - July 1, 2015

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ACM Notes Newsletter - Summer 2015

Highlights in the Summer 2015 issue:

  • Faculty study economics of liberal arts colleges at ACM Institute on College Futures.
  • Apply to participate in the Digital Storytelling Workshop at Macalester. (see at right ==>)
  • Coming soon! Call for Pre-Proposals for the fall funding cycle of FaCE will be issued in September.
  • Athletic Directors collaborate to sponsor ACM tournaments in volleyball and soccer.
  • Chicago Program faculty member Dorothy Burge's activism against police torture helped spur the city's historic reparations ordinance.


More Summer Readings:

Free AAC&U Publication on Civic Learning in Undergraduate Majors:
Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines, by Caryn Musil (Free PDF download.)


Another AAC&U essay on best practices for teaching difficult and controversial texts:
"'I'm Not Going to Be Reading This Anymore': Student Resistance to Problematic Texts," by Matt Hlinak. This essay references the Conrad-Achebe dispute, which has long been a staple of our FP course.

Faculty Diversity Workshop - August 11-12, 2015

-- Sign up Now --

The first of the faculty-mandated workshops on diversity will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, August 11-12. This two-day workshop will be lead by Charles Behling and Roger Fisher of the University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations. The workshop will explore intergroup dialogue techniques and strategies to assist faculty in cultivating inclusive classroom and interpersonal relationships.

The Michigan IGD pedagogy is both experiential and cognitive. Therefore, the workshops require that participants commit to the entire two-day program. The workshop will run from approximately 9 AM to 4:30 PM each day. Lunches and refreshments will be provided. About three weeks before the workshop, the workshop conveners will circulate required readings and preparatory exercises.

The Faculty Diversity Workshop Sign-up Form is active. Space is limited and will be reserved on a rolling basis until the the workshop is full.

Request for Proposals: Digital Storytelling and the Liberal Arts: A Curriculum Development Workshop - Deadline: August 21, 2015

Faculty members from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals to participate in a three-part workshop designed to help faculty integrate digital storytelling into their courses. The workshop will take place over the 2015-16 school year on the Macalester campus. The goal of this workshop is to equip faculty with the digital storytelling skills and accompanying pedagogical methodology so that they can integrate digital storytelling into teaching. Travel and lodging expenses will be fully paid for accepted applicants who live outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

The full Request for Proposals is here.


Midwest Faculty Seminar Topics for 2015-2018: The Big Vote - Please vote by July 21

The Midwest Faculty Seminar provides opportunities for faculty from colleges throughout the Midwest to meet at the University of Chicago to discuss new research, re-read canonical works, and confront big questions that stretch across all disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences. Participants consistently praise the seminars for stimulating teaching and research through serious and mutually supportive dialogue.

We need your input. The seminar is selecting topics for the next three year cycle and has a long slate of potential topics. Please vote here on the topics you would like to hear in coming years. Votes submitted by July 21 will be shared with the MFS organizers.

Final Call: Reimbursement of 2014-2015 Research/Creative Work, Mellon Grant, and Conference Travel Expenses - Submit now

All requests for reimbursement for Research/Creative Work and Conference Travel Allocations for the just-completed fiscal year (for activities before June 30, 2015) must be submitted as soon as possible.

Please remember that the reimbursement process is a three-step process:

  1. Submit the appropriate online Reimbursement Request and Report Form:
  2. Complete and sign a Travel Expense Report Envelope (available in Business Office).

  3. Submit the completed and signed envelope, with detailed receipts, along with supporting materials (e.g. papers for conferences, syllabi for Mellon Grants, etc.) to the Dean's Office, Old Main 105.

Fridays @ 4 in 2015-2016: Presenters Wanted

Please apply to present by contacting facultydevelopment@knox.edu.

All faculty are encouraged to consider presenting as part of "Fridays @ 4," the faculty's lecture series for itself. The aim of "Fridays @ 4" is to provide an opportunity for faculty to present "work in progress" in front of a supportive, interdisciplinary, non-specialist audience. Work at any stage in any field is welcome. "Fridays @ 4" is especially useful for new, experimental projects, projects that need a kick-start, or a presentation that would benefit from a dress rehearsal. "Fridays @ 4" has two presentations each term. Refreshments and camaraderie are served at each. Please contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu if you have questions or would like to present.