The Associated Colleges of the South offer grants for faculty and institutional renewal, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ACS Faculty Renewal Alliance invites faculty from all ACS institutions to submit proposals for grants. The next round of pre-proposals is due October 1, 2009 and for those pre-proposals that are approved, final proposals will be due January 15, 2010. Aims of the grant provided by the Mellon Foundation include the following:
- Make available opportunities for faculty to prepare well for leadership and decision making roles on the campus
- Provide opportunities for faculty to become more effective teachers through specific faculty renewal experiences
- Provide opportunities for personal development, with particular attention to preparation for retirement and making retirement a fruitful and productive experience
Grants are available in these four categories: Professional Development, Leadership Development, Personal Growth and Mentoring.
Preference will be given, first, for collaborative efforts across ACS campus boundaries, second, collaboration among faculty on a single campus that could lead to broader inter-campus programs and, third, projects carried out by individual faculty that could provide a model for efforts at other ACS institutions.
David Hough and five collaborators received a Faculty Renewal Grant of $8,000 from the Associated Colleges of South to support “Student Observation Driven Astronomy (SODA) Across ACS”. A pilot SODA course will be developed at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX with modules developed by Dr. Hough, his co-investigators and their students.
A team of Trinity Environmental Studies faculty led by David Ribble (Biology) and Richard Reed (Sociology & Anthropology) successfully requested support from the Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Fellows program to bring an interdisciplinary scholar to campus for a period of two years. The ACS program is made possible through a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Trinity is currently conducting a search for a humanist or writer specializing in environmental issues to fill this visiting position.
The Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) awarded Dr. Nicolle Hirschfeld a Faculty Renewal Grant of $2,200 to support the preparation of a mixed-media database of artifacts recovered during excavations of a Cypriot port city that flourished in the latter half of the second millennium BCE. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ACS Faculty Renewal Grants “enable faculty to explore new possibilities, expanding their background and skills, and to take advantage of opportunities… for which other funds are not available.”