Project Active and Collaborative Communities (Project ACC)
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What is Project ACC?
Project Active and Collaborative Communities (Project ACC) is designed to increase faculty awareness and implementation of engaged learning practices (for example active and collaborative activities, group projects, class discussions, impromptu reflective writing, internships, project based learning, and service learning). We will achieve this over a several year period as successive cadres of Faculty Fellows take on leadership roles at the college and support their colleagues in future cadres.
Each group of Faculty Fellows will serve and be compensated for four semesters (including summer) to research best practices, apply them in their classrooms, then lead other faculty members at a week-long Project ACC Institute. After hosting an Institute, Fellows will serve as mentors to support Institute Attendees and the next round of Faculty Fellows. Throughout their tenure, Fellows will be sharing what they have learned about engaged teaching techniques that are effective for their specific Area of Study (AoS).
The goal is to promote faculty leadership focused on improving student learning and student success. In addition, materials created for Project ACC Institutes will be added to a repository to allow for a comprehensive faculty orientation program and ongoing faculty development opportunities.
How did this come about?
In the summer of 2016, the FCTL sent a team of ACC faculty members (Jill Bosche, Wayne Butler, and Gale Spear) to the Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI). The team was joined by ACC Provost, Dr. Charles Cook.
In attending this conference we had two goals. The first was to give faculty members the chance to learn about current trends in teaching and faculty development. The second was to use that information to guide the future directions of the FCTL. It was our hope to leave the conference with a plan for how the FCTL could increase opportunities for faculty leadership at ACC and to support new initiatives in faculty-led, learning focused development.
As a result of the TLNI, Project Active and Collaborative Communities was developed. It is anticipated to run through at least 2018.
Tell me about these Faculty Fellows!
The first fifteen Faculty Fellows will guide Project ACC efforts for four semesters. They will participate in a Faculty Learning Community to get support from other Fellows as they work on this effort. All Faculty Fellows will receive release time and/or stipends for their work in support of Project ACC. Any employee of ACC who has faculty status and is currently teaching is eligible to apply to become a Faculty Fellow. We welcome adjunct and full-time faculty applications.
The Faculty Fellows will be selected from across all ten Areas of Study, and will be encouraged to find practices that work well for their own areas. In this way, we’ll be able to provide faculty across the college with guaranteed exposure to methods that are designed to work in their area.
This Fall, Fellows will be doing research on engaged teaching strategies and will be given a $1,000 stipend for their efforts. In the Spring semester, Fellows will pilot a new teaching technique in at least one class, test the outcome of their intervention. Full-time Faculty will receive a 3 LEH course release, and Adjunct Faculty will receive a stipend of $3,900 for their Spring efforts. In Summer, they’ll organize, develop, and run a Faculty Institute to share their newly acquired knowledge with other teaching colleagues earning another $1,000 stipend. Finally, in Fall 2017, Fellows will mentor their colleagues to ensure the continuity of the program and earn a stipend of $500. You can see a detailed list of responsibilities and compensation by clicking on the “job description” link above.
How do I get involved?
One way is to participate in one of the Project ACC Faculty Institutes. These will offer Faculty Attendees several days of collaborative work with their colleagues. Faculty who attend the Faculty Institutes will receive a stipend for their participation. They will also be given the option for an additional stipend if they create their own classroom projects. Fifteen Faculty Institute Participants will become our second cadre of Faculty Fellows, and they will be given three semesters to develop their own classroom projects and another Faculty Institute. This new group of Fellows will be mentored by the first group of Fellows.
Another way is to become a Faculty Fellow. We’ve selected our first cadre of Fellows already, but you can learn more about this role and view the job description by clicking the “Learn More” button on this page. We’ll update this when we get closer to selecting our second cadre of Fellows.
Be sure to check back regularly, as we’ll update this page with information about the progress of Project ACC and with news about upcoming Faculty Institutes. You can also click on the calendar below to learn about events that the Fellows will be hosting that might be of interest to you.