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GLCA New Directions Initiative

The Great Lakes Colleges Association has received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the New Directions Initiative. The program's focus is to support the renewal and continued professional growth of liberal arts faculty members in `mid-career' - the extensive professional period between receiving tenure and thinking seriously about retirement.

A particular emphasis of this program is to encourage faculty members to think outside traditional boundaries and divisions of their discipline and of typical faculty work. Three themes within the initiative capture this emphasis; however, a proposal need not be directed at a particular theme:

  • To Broaden Intellectual Perspectives, helping mid-career faculty to expand their horizons and understand issues beyond the context of their own disciplines
  • To Stimulate Innovation in Pedagogy, providing opportunities for faculty to sharpen pedagogy, based on expanding knowledge and best practices for teaching both within and beyond particular fields of study;
  • To Consider Career Options, which accord individual faculty members the time required to explore a new career direction.

Proposals will be reviewed three times in the fall and the spring.

Fall 2011 review dates: September 19, October 31, and December 12.

Spring 2012 review dates: February 6, April 2, and June 4.


A call for proposals, program description and forms can be found at:


Albion Informational Meetings: Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

  • Individual meetings with Program Officers Greg Wegner and Simon Gray are available throughout the day. 

  • Lunch from noon to 1:00

  • Faculty Social in the Wendell Will Room, 4:00-5:30

To sign up for an individual meeting or for lunch, please email or call (0776) Beth Lincoln, Albion Campus Facilitator.


alt GLCA Faculty Contact and Collaborator Form Please fill out and email a copy to Beth Lincoln if you are interested in finding collaborators (or having potential collaborators find you) within the GLCA.

Teaching and Learning Resources

The following are links to the resource sections of several respected centers for teaching and learning and other electronic versions of important publications on college teaching.  If you have other favorites to share, please send the links to the Associate Provost.

Active Learning Links

In passive learning, students sit in the classroom and listen to you lecture. In active learning, students interact with the course material in a variety of ways, thus making it more likely that they will retain what they have learned.

Eastern Kentucky University TLC Teaching Tips
This large collection of links is a great gateway to articles about active learning.

Teaching Strategies: Active and Collaborative Learning
From the University of Michigan CRLT, another collection of annotated links.

Active Learning for the College Classroom
Twenty-nine techniques for active learning, summarized by two University of California, L.A. professors.

Active Learning
From the University of Oklahoma Instructional Development Program, a model of active learning with some suggestions for implementing it.

IDEA Paper 34: Focusing on Active, Meaningful Learning
A Kansas State biology professor shares some techniques that have worked for her. This link will probably take you to the Idea Center home page. Click on “IDEA Papers,” and then select IDEA Paper 34.

Active Learning
A quick guide to active learning from the University of Central Florida Faculty Center. Nearly everything is presented in short bullet points.

How to Teach Using Role-Playing
The Carleton College Geology Department has a great teaching and learning website. This page tells you everything you need to know about role-playing as a teaching tool.

Professional Development Module on Active Learning
A professor at El Paso Community College discusses aspects of active learning, including what to do with students who have a hard time getting involved. This article also contains an extensive bibliography with several helpful links.
The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science has many examples of case studies as well as information on how to use and assess them.

Links to On-campus Resources

Spring Retreat 2008:  Albion in 2015

Drew Dunham's Presentation:  "Who are our students? Who will be our students?" (Microsoft PowerPoint Format) alt

Fall Retreat 2007: Motivating Students to Learn

Resources and Reports

Suggested Reading:  Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn (PDF)

Other Resources:  Motivating Students' Best Work

Tools for Teaching:  Motivating Students

Assessing Writing - Rubric presented by S. Hendrix (Microsoft Word Format)

Fall Retreat 2006:  Learning about Learning - Metacognition

Resources and Reports

Suggested Reading:  How People Learn - Brain, Mind, Experience, and School

Microteaching Workshops

Aimed at new Albion College faculty members, but open to all Albion College faculty,  this annual workshop enables each participant to teach a “slice” of a lesson and to receive feedback from colleagues in a small group situation. The workshop begins with a night of discussion and reflection on teaching/learning issues, followed by two nights of microteaching. This workshop, funded by a grant from the Hewlett-Mellon Fund for Faculty Development, affirms the importance of teaching and learning at Albion College and fosters a collaborative, community-building environment.

Dates for the 2010 Microteaching Workshop were as follows:

Friday, January 29; Monday, February 1; and Tuesday, February 2.

Contact Beth Lincoln, Jocelyn McWhirter, or the Center for Teaching and Learning, for more information.

Travel Funds

Faculty Travel Fund Form alt

A budget for faculty travel still exists through the Provost's Office. This budget is specifically intended to provide travel support for faculty who are traveling to professional meetings for the purpose of formally presenting scholarly work. Depending upon the number of requests, funds may become available to those whose attendance is required because they are chairing a session.

Funds will be available only as a supplement to department travel (currently $400 for each tenure‑track faculty member) when department funds are insufficient to cover attendance at a meeting. These funds are not intended to support attendance at a second meeting.

We anticipate up to $900 per faculty member will be available (or $1,200 for an international conference), though the actual amount will vary depending on the number of requests that are submitted.  Travel to Canada will be funded at $900 rate.

Depending on the total number of requests, full-time, visiting faculty may also be eligible for funding throughout the term of their employment.

The deadline for applying for travel funds for the 2011-2012 academic year will be Monday, September 26. The Faculty Travel Form, which is attached, should be used to request funds.  Funds will be allocated after that date based upon the total number of requests that are received.  If all funds are not encumbered, an additional call for requests will be made in February.  NO funds for any purpose will be allocated unless the official travel request is received.


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