Past Programs

ACLS-Teagle Foundation Working Group on the Teacher-Scholar

With funding from the Teagle Foundation, a small group of faculty members, college deans and presidents, education researchers, and learned society past presidents met three times over 18 months to investigate the relation between the teacher-scholar model of undergraduate education and student learning outcomes. A white paper entitled "Student Learning and Faculty Research: Connecting Teaching and Scholarship" was published in May 2007. 

From the Executive Summary:

"This paper asserts a claim about how to promote effective undergraduate learning. On the basis of existing evidence and our own observation, we contend that the teacher-scholar model of faculty professional activity brings important benefits to individual student learners, institutions where that model flourishes, and to society more broadly.  We believe that there is evidence for the synergy between teaching and scholarship, and that an even better understanding of effective learning would follow from further analysis of existing national data.  We think that dissemination of this evidence and further discussion of these issues will allow the partnership between teaching and scholarship to do its good work on behalf of many more students in a wide range of institutions."

ACLS-Teagle Foundation Working Group on the Teacher-Scholar

  • Alison Byerly, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Middlebury College
  • Mitchell J. Chang, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change and Faculty Advisor for the Asian American Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Rebecca Chopp, President, Colgate University
  • Stephen Fix, Robert G. Scott '68 Professor of English, Williams College
  • Jane S. Jaquette, Bertha Harton Orr Professor in the Liberal Arts Emerita, Occidental College
  • George D. Kuh, Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education and Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Kenneth Ruscio, President, Washington Lee University
  • Ruth A. Solie, Sophia Smith Professor of Music, Smith College
  • David Spadafora, President, Newberry Library, and Professor of History, Lake Forest College
  • Pauline Yu, President, ACLS
  • Steven Wheatley, Vice President, ACLS

The ACLS-Teagle working group built on a November 2003 conference entitled "Liberal Arts Colleges in American Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities." The conference was organized under the guidance of Francis Oakley, then interim president of ACLS, and held in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with the support of the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College and the collaboration of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.   The conference proceedings were published as ACLS Occasional Paper No. 59.