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Baugh appointed to lead ACM program in Florence in 2013

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College associate professor of art Brian Baugh has been appointed as a visiting faculty member for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and will direct the ACM’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy, for the spring 2013 semester.

“This prestigious and well-deserved appointment is an affirmation of Brian’s excellent work as a teacher and artist, and it is also a ringing endorsement of Monmouth’s commitment to integrated learning,” said MC dean of faculty David Timmerman. “He is an engaging teacher and scholar on campus and challenges our students to do their very best work.”

The ACM was impressed with a linked course, Victorian Culture and Art, that Baugh is currently teaching and asked him to adapt it to their study abroad program in Florence. The course is linked to English professor Rob Hale’s course, Victorian Culture and Literature, and associate professor of educational studies Craig Vivian is also involved, team-teaching the courses with Baugh and Hale.

“It is all adding up to an incredible course for Monmouth students this fall, and now it is something that will extend beyond our campus as Brian shares it with students from across the ACM,” said Timmerman.

The faculty collaboration matches a strategic initiative endorsed by the Monmouth College Board of Trustees to build on the distinctiveness of integrated learning and integrated studies at Monmouth.

President Mauri Ditzler reacted to the news of the ACM’s appointment by highlighting the value for both Baugh and Monmouth students.

“It is great for Brian and for Monmouth because, in my experience, faculty members return from such experiences transformed as individuals and especially as teachers.”

Baugh joins a growing group of MC faculty who have served in these important ACM positions. These include Heather Brady (Tanzania), Mary Bruce (Zimbabwe), Don Capener (Japan), Simon Cordery (Czech Republic), Hannah Schell (Newberry Library), Tom Sienkewicz (Florence) and Bill Urban (Czech Republic, Florence and Yugoslavia). James Godde is currently serving in Tanzania, and Farhat Haq will spend next fall in India.

Monmouth is a founding member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, a consortium of 14 private liberal arts colleges that has been coordinating off-campus study programs since 1960.