Vol. 3 (new series), No. 1, Fall 2016

New Million Grant Worth $2.7 Million
Dr. Jennifer Dugan
ACS Welcomes
Renewing Ties to Emory
Call for Research Presentations
Birmingham-Southern is Among ‘Test-Optional’ Colleges
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New ACS Grant Worth $2.7 Million

ACS is proud to announce a new, five-year Faculty Advancement program, with $2.7 million in funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is in part a continuation of our previous Faculty Advancement initiative, which launched in 2012 and ends this year. The new program will continue our highly successful agenda of providing small grants directly to faculty to fund their initiatives in innovative pedagogy, with several important new initiatives. A major component will be effort to experiment with collaborative curricula. We envision bringing together groups of ACS faculty to collaborate in creating new, multi-campus courses, especially in low-enrollment classes. We are also very excited at the prospect of sponsoring experiments that allow faculty across campuses to combine their resources to go one step further and create entire new programs. All of these efforts will emphasize the use of appropriate technologies to accomplish these goals, and they will also focus on their long-term institutional sustainability. To that end, we will offer support not only for curriculum development, but also for efforts that lead to administrative coordination to make these courses and programs permanent features of the curriculum. The new ACS Director of Faculty Programs, Dr. Jennifer Dugan (see separate article), will lead these efforts and provide close support for ACS faculty and staff.
A second new emphasis will be on faculty diversity and inclusion. ACS has hired its first-ever Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Anita Davis of Rhodes College. Dr. Davis will lead a major effort to involve ACS faculty, staff, and senior administrators in developing a culture of diversity on our campuses and addressing emerging diversity issues. We feel that the timing for this new initiative could not be better.
While ACS has already begun working behind the scenes to launch all these initiatives, we suspect that faculty who are familiar with our earlier Faculty Advancement grants will be eager to begin preparing their proposals for the upcoming year. The first round of proposals will be granted in January 2017, and a formal announcement will be distributed later this year. We encourage you to bookmark the informational page at, which currently has instructions for the ongoing 2012-2016 grant program.

Watch a short, animated video that describes the new program.

Introducing Jennifer Dugan, Director of Faculty Programs

Dr. Jennifer Dugan, Chair of Global Studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg Virginia, will be joining ACS as our new Director of Faculty Programs in January 2017. Dr. Dugan’s career at Randolph (formerly Randolph-Macon Woman’s College) stretches back to 1997, when she was first hired as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her accomplishments there include serving as Assistant Dean, coordinating First-Year Seminar and student success programming, launching a faculty learning community on the flipped classroom, and building the College’s Model United Nations program. She served as an American Council on Education Fellow, is active in national discussions on shared governance and curricular innovation, and is author of numerous articles, most recently on the United Nations Security Council and post-9/11 laws of war. Jennifer reports that she is very excited to be coming to Atlanta and is looking forward to working with all the ACS colleges and universities.

ACS Welcomes

There are two new college presidents who have started in their positions since the last Palladian. In mid-July, Dr. Christopher L. Holoman, became the 31st president of Centenary College. Originally from Raleigh, Dr. Holoman spent much of his academic career at Hilbert, a Franciscan liberal arts college in Hamburg, New York, rising to Vice President and Provost in 2007. Meanwhile, Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith became president of Birmingham-Southern in July. Her background is unusual for an ACS president, in part because of her previous experience as Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer at several institutions, including Birmingham-Southern itself.

Renewing Ties to Emory

ACS recently re-negotiated its affiliate status with Emory University in Atlanta. Although Emory has never been an ACS member institution, it has supported the ACS through an affiliate relationship since the early 1990s. Emory will provide our full-time employees with human resource services and manage our benefits package. We have also made a commitment to provide Emory’s graduate programs with access to ACS students who may be interested in pursuing graduate studies.

Call for Research Presentations

Cuba at the Crossroads is a symposium organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Rollins College. We invite academics and researchers to submit proposals on themes related to current domestic issues in Cuba, Cuba/US relations, or Cuban foreign relations. Research presentations can explore a wide range of topics that inform about the current state of Cuban society and analyze possible future transformations. We expect presentations to promote dialogue about the changing relationship between Cuba, the United States, and other nations. The symposium will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Possible topics can include:

  • Healthcare policy and practice
  • Caribbean/Latin American perspectives
  • Economic reform
  • Cuba politics (domestic and foreign)
  • Cubans living outside Cuba
  • Civil society, state-society relations
  • Human Rights
  • Technology and cyberspace
  • Tourism
  • Fine Arts
  • Literature
  • Cinema
  • Culture and Identity
  • NGOs
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Environment/biodiversity

We welcome other ideas!
Selected proposals on similar topics may be combined into a panel presentation. The organizing committee invites you to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations that address the symposium’s themes. Proposals in English are preferred, but ones in Spanish are also welcome. Proposals should consist of a 300 word abstract and can be submitted online at Deadline for submission – October 17, 2016. Accepted proposals will be notified no later than November 15, 2016. Please contact Susan Montgomery via email at if you have questions regarding the symposium.

Birmingham-Southern is Among “Test Optional” Colleges

Birmingham-Southern College announced Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 that the college is moving to a test-optional application for prospective students, joining the growing number of nationally ranked colleges and universities to do so. BSC joins ACS institutions Furman, Rollins, and Sewanee in offering this option. Read more at the BSC site.

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