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 »
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 »
The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond has released the results of a new digitization project that illustrates the controversial practice of “redlining” neighborhoods. The maps show how the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation used maps to plot the characteristics of homes and residents in order to make lending decisions.
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 »
In August, 2016, ACS member Birmingham-Southern College announced a new “test optional” admission policy, designed to give deserving students an alternative to admissions decisions based on standardized test scores. FairTest, a test optional advocacy group, reports that half of the liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 100 have now moved to such a policy… Read more »
Millsaps College’s Dr. Robert Pearigen, responding to a an op-ed in the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, presents a case for the economic benefits of private colleges to the state.
On the heels of Rhodes College’s “1616′” event, commemorating the year that William Shakespeare died, professor Scott L. Newstok (director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes) pens a provocative essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education. [image: the 1588 “Grafton Portrait” of a young man, once thought to portray a young William Shakespeare.]
Jim and Marilyn Simons of New York have pledged a gift of $2.5 million to Morehouse College for STEM Education.
Birmngham-Southern College’s Provost and Dean, Michele Behr, and faculty member Pete Van Zandt are featured in a recent article in Inside Higher Ed.
The Board of Trustees of Birmingham-Southern College is pleased to announce that Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, BSC’s former Chief of Staff, has been named the 15th president in the college’s 160-year history. The current president, Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, is vacating the position. Read the full news release.
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.
Furman University President Elizabeth Davis announced today that Dr. George C. Shields, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Furman. Read the story on Furman’s website.
Faculty from multiple ACS institutions, led by Washington And Lee Classics professor Rebecca Benefiel, have been widely recognized for their ongoing work in deciphering the graffiti in the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Funded in part by ACS, the project leaders and their students are now creating a digital, online archive of these… Read more »
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 »