ACS has launched a new, five-year Faculty Advancement program under a new, $2.7 million award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which, when combined with our previous grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, enables us to provide significant financial support for faculty innovation at our 16 member colleges. We will award grants across three… Read more »
Dr. Anita Davis, ACS Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is overseeing a student and faculty campus climate benchmarking pilot project during the spring semester, 2017. A variety of educational, non-profit, and government agencies use climate surveys to learn more about whether the organizational culture is perceived as welcoming and inclusive by people from different identities… Read more »
For ACL members who couldn’t attend the conference, who missed a session, or who just want to be reminded of what they learned, the ACL Virtual Professional Development Committee has compiled a “lightning round” podcast of multiple conference presenters sharing their top “take-aways” and “a-ha!” moments from their sessions. The full recording is available here,… Read more »
INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTION The ACS Innovative Instruction program is a part of our larger Faculty Advancement grant program. For more information on the entire Faculty Advancement Program, click here. Teaching excellence is clearly vital to the success of all ACS colleges and universities, and our Faculty Advancement program will further excellence by encouraging pedagogical experimentation. We want to… Read more »
Collaborative Curriculum The ACS Collaborative Curriculum program is part of a larger initiative, the 2016-21 Faculty Advancement program. For more information about the Faculty Advancement program, click here. The liberal arts college was not designed for multi-institutional collaboration; it was, instead, devised for traditional teaching and direct student-to-faculty access. However, it makes sense for our… Read more »
INCLUSIVE PEDAGOGY AND DIVERSITY The ACS 2016-2021 Inclusive Pedagogy and Diversity program is a part of our larger Faculty Advancement grant program. It consists in part of an initiative to solicit proposals from ACS faculty for diversity and inclusion-related projects. A parallel effort will be the creation of diversity and inclusion committees and programs on… Read more »
Although we won’t be issuing a call for proposals just yet, we are proud to announce that the Andrew Mellon Foundation has approved a grant to the ACS for $2.7 million to fund faculty advancement activities through 2021. We produced this animated video for our recent Council of Dean’s meeting at Sewanee, and it… Read more »
Spelman and Morehouse are hosting a three-day workshop featuring innovative methods of teaching and learning digital writing, research, and advocacy with Wikipedia, June 27th-29th. Space is limited and the deadline for applying is June 1, 2016. More info.
Millsaps College President Dr. Robert Pearigen recently issued the following statement regarding Mississippi’s controversial “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination” act: “On March 4, 2016, Millsaps issued a statement expressing hope that, if passed, House Bill 1523 would not be used to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, or sexual orientation. Since… Read more »
The Associated Colleges of the South is pleased to co-sponsor Rhodes College’s interdisciplinary symposium on the year 1616 (the year of William Shakespeare’s death): https://www.facebook.com/events/595149500643558 This free public event commences with a Communities in Conversation keynote by Thomas Christensen (author of 1616: The World in Motion), on Thursday, April 21 (5:30pm reception, 6:00pm lecture, Blount)…. Read more »
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has awarded the Associated Colleges of the South a $10,000 grant to support programs marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. In keeping with the mission of the Delmas Foundation to promote “the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and… Read more »
Birmingham-Southern College’s Annual Latin American Studies Symposium is a multi- and inter-disciplinary undergraduate research conference showcasing original research and creative projects conducted during the preceding year by undergraduate students from approximately 30 colleges and universities, including the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) and the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). Established at BSC… Read more »
ACS is trying to organize our first-ever professional meeting for people involved with or interested in college marketing. The first step is to find a good date. Chuck White, Vice President for Information Resources at Trinity, is hosting the event and will act as local organizer. ACS president Owen Williams has contacted your presidents, asking… Read more »
Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas will be host to the biennial ACS Gender Studies Conference, Feb 19-21, 2016. This year’s theme is “Representing Gender Across. . .” The organizers invite faculty, students and staff of ACS schools along with other scholars to begin thinking about submitting proposals. More information is available through the event website.
ACS faculty are invited to attend Blended Learning and Civic Engagement: Modeling Writing as Community Activism, a blended learning seminar at Morehouse, September 17-19. The focus will be on “sharing digital strategies for service learning,” and will feature a hands-on workshop where participants will develop specific community service projects that they are working on at their… Read more »
Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, who is currently president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, has been named the 14th president of Birmingham-Southern College, college officials announced Wednesday. In his eight years at Bethany, Leonard grew enrollment more than a third and completed the school’s largest fundraising campaign. The small liberal arts college improved facilities… Read more »