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Janca-Aji awarded ACM Faculty Career Enhancement grant

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2016-06-24 11:55:11 - General

Joyce Janca-Aji
Joyce Janca-Aji

Coe College Associate Professor of French Joyce Janca-Aji has been awarded a Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) grant from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The $18,000 grant will fund Janca-Aji’s collaborative project, "Translation for Global Literacies Across the Curriculum."

The project team includes faculty from Coe College, Cornell College and Grinnell College in a variety of disciplines (French, English, German, Spanish, Russian, cinema, creative writing, education, theater, rhetoric and classics) and includes work in an equally wide variety of languages (French, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Spanish and Russian). The ACM project team will also be partnering with the MFA program in literary translation at the University of Iowa.

"The project will adapt and apply the resources in translation studies, an increasingly important emerging field in the humanities, to create resources that can foster greater interlingual and intercultural literacies and proficiencies across the curriculum," said Janca-Aji. "Faculty will participate in MFA-style translation workshops, curricular development workshops, campus events featuring readings and guest speakers, the creation of an ACM online resource site, and will host an ACM-wide conference in spring 2017 at Coe. Students will have access to events and workshops on each campus as well as the opportunity to participate in a translation intensive workshop that features materials from their own majors."

With support from a generous $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Faculty Career Enhancement Program (FaCE) aims to foster a culture of innovation among ACM faculty to help develop ways to strengthen the professoriate and their central educational role.

FaCE Project Liaison for Technology in Teaching and Learning Ed Finn noted that "the FaCE Steering Committee was very impressed" with Janca-Aji's project and "looks forward to following its implementation and seeing the tangible outcomes that result."

During the six-year span of the grant from 2014-2020, FaCE is underwriting collaborative, innovative and sustainable projects with a compelling potential to help college leaders address the challenges and opportunities that liberal arts colleges and their faculties face. These include slow economic growth, demographic shifts among student populations, new findings in cognitive science, and new teaching and learning technologies, among other topics.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being diverse and democratic societies.

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