Knox Faculty Development Newsletter

October, 2016

Congratulations . . .

. . . to Julio Noriega (Modern Languages) on the publication of his new anthology of Quechua poetry of Bolivia!

October 14: Last call for Fall Creative/Research Grant Requests

CoFR (Committee on Faculty Resources) has been meeting and reviewing requests for college funds to support scholarly work. Requests received by Friday, October 14 will be reviewed this term; requests received after that date will be taken up during Winter term. Information on how to apply can be found here.

ACM FaCE Grants: Pre-proposals due October 21

The FaCE Grant Call for Pre-Proposals (2-3 pages) invites initial ideas from ACM faculty interested in collaborating with their ACM peers to pursue projects aimed at innovation.

The Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) Program aims to fund joint research projects, teaching and learning collaborations, collaboratively organized events, reading groups, and other cooperative initiatives that engage faculty from multiple ACM campuses and/or across disciplines.

What challenge or opportunity faced by liberal arts colleges affects your work as a faculty member? What collaborative innovation might you propose as a way of addressing that challenge or leveraging the opportunity? What would be new, and how could this change be sustained? These are the types of projects we're looking for!

For details, see Applying for a FaCE Grant. You are also welcome to contact Ed Finn, ACM Liaison for Innovation and Collaboration in Teaching and Learning, if you have questions.

Selected pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals, which will be due on December 15, 2016.


Next faculty-staff dialogue: October 28

Cate Denial and Gabe Raley continue their series of dialogues on Friday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilson House. Gabe says: "We will continue to deepen our understanding of how race, sexuality, age, gender, class, first-generation status, and other social identities affect our experience at Knox and in Galesburg. Though I hate to make promises about this sort of thing, I think it is fair to say that you will not be bored and you will learn things you didn't know before."

Conference Travel Allocations for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year

CoFR is accepting requests for Conference Travel Allocations for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

The Conference Travel Allocations policies for 2016-2017 are here.

If you have applied for your conference travel allocation for 16-17 and not heard back about it, please don't hesitate to contact Mary Armon (; some of the notification emails may have fallen through the cracks during the transition.

CoFR will continue to evaluate faculty conference travel and funding levels and present recommendations to the faculty and the Dean.

Direct link to the Online Form for Conference Travel Allocation Requests for 2016-2017

Fridays @ 4 seeking Spring Term presenters

All faculty are encouraged to consider presenting as part of "Fridays @ 4," the faculty's lecture series for itself. The aim of "Fridays @ 4" is to provide an opportunity for faculty to present "work in progress" in front of a supportive, interdisciplinary, non-specialist audience. Work at any stage in any field is welcome. "Fridays @ 4" is especially useful for new, experimental projects, projects that need a kick-start, or a presentation that would benefit from a dress rehearsal. Please apply to present by contacting

Fridays @ 4-for-All, November 4, E117 SMC

"Fridays @ 4" has become a hallowed Knox tradition. Faculty talk to faculty about their scholarly projects; lovely refreshments are served. Ordinarily, one or at most two faculty speak per Friday.

But on November 4, let's all talk to each other. Prepare a 2 - 3 minute "elevator pitch" about a current or future project. If you're looking for collaborators, so much the better! If the group is small, we'll all talk together; otherwise we'll take our cue from the world of speed dating. Refreshments start at 4:00; the conversation begins at 4:15. Information about Mellon grants for interdisciplinary and collaborative work will be available, just in case you meet that special collaborator! (Or go here if you can't wait.)

Coming soon !