Coe faculty to participate in three ACM FaCE grant projects

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2010-08-11 15:32:15 - General

Coe College has qualified for three Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) projects supported by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The grant funds will be used for collaborative research and events that strengthen curricula, teaching and student learning outcomes across ACM institutions. The three projects taking shape under the direction of Coe faculty range from a presentation focusing on electronic portfolios, to a conference discussing theatre and dance curriculums in the liberal arts college, to global citizenship on the island of Malta.

E-Portfolios: Electronic Pasta
"E-Portfolios: Electronic Pasta," a discussion led by Christy Wolfe, assistant professor of teacher education, and Lisa Wiebenga Stroschine, academic technologist, will gather ACM faculty practitioners who work with electronic portfolios to present and collectively discuss their experiences. A key point of this discussion will focus on how portfolios are used to enhance teaching and learning across a variety of disciplines while upholding the core values of a liberal arts education. ACM has awarded up to $6,170 for this program.

Performance Educators Conference
A Performance Educators Conference will be funded under the leadership of Dennis Barnett, associate professor of theatre, with the support of colleagues from Grinnell and Knox Colleges. The conference will be held Oct. 22-24 at Coe.

This event will bring together ACM faculty for sustained discussion about the ways in which theatre and dance are taught in the liberal arts college. The work of the DAH Theatre, based in Belgrade, Serbia, will serve as the catalyzing force behind this conference. With unique performances combining dance, theatre and multimedia, DAH introduces new and innovative ways of thinking about the traditional roles of text, director, actor, dancer, choreographer and musician, and how these roles can be taught in a liberal arts college. The ACM has agreed to fund the conference up to $15,000.

Global Citizenship
In conjunction with faculty from Luther, Cornell and Ripon Colleges, Coe will explore the feasibility of a short-term study abroad course on the island nation of Malta. The course, Global Citizenship, will look at issues of poverty, migration, culture and nationhood. Faculty participants propose Malta as an "ideal country" for such a short-term experiential course as it continues to be a developing nation with a rich history of intermingling cultures. Up to $13,300 has been set aside by the ACM to support this project.

The ACM FaCE Project, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has awarded grants totaling nearly $60,000 to several ACM colleges this year. The FaCE project provides funds for collaborative research across institutions and disciplines in order to explore innovative ways to enhance learning in laboratories, performance, classroom and off-campus study.

The ACM is a consortium ofacademically excellent, independent liberal arts colleges located in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado.