Professor Sandlin Wins ACS Award

Sewanee faculty members have received seven awards from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Faculty Advancement Program, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The seven awards will support a cross-institutional, interdisciplinary team led by Celeste Ray to examine the role of springs in the settlement of the Cumberland Plateau; a payment for ecosystem services project in Haiti led by Deborah McGrath; the development of an online portal to accompany Helen Bateman’s ongoing Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds community-engagement research program; a multi-campus, undergraduate research and teaching program in mathematics led by Matthew Rudd; a digital platform for cross-campus pedagogical innovations led by Nathan Stogdill; and two projects, which complement the ACS Teaching and Learning Workshop, both involving Betsy Sandlin.

“Extending the Benefits of the ACS Teaching and Learning Workshop to the Home Campus” will initiate a simple support mechanism for ACS Teaching and Learning Workshop alumni to convene on their home campuses. Post-workshop conversations will involve discussions of the workshop experience and how it has influenced participants’ teaching practices. This project, led by Associate Professor of Spanish Betsy Sandlin, will provide a network of support for application of improved teaching practices and coordinate with Teaching and Learning Centers on ACS campuses to enhance cross- and interdisciplinary discussion. Formal assessment and integration of lessons learned will improve workshop quality and stimulate initiatives across the ACS.

Sandlin is also involved in a second project led by Kent Andersen at Birmingham-Southern College, “Enhancing the ACS Teaching and Learning Workshop: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Professional Development.” This project will support teams of workshop staff members to participate in conferences on scholarship on student learning and faculty development. These experiences will result in new plenary sessions and refinement of existing sessions and allow workshop staff members to serve as knowledgeable mentors and models for future workshop participants.