Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts

A campus locus for conversations about learning and teaching in the liberal arts.

In recent years, there have been dramatic changes in the ways we structure knowledge, in what we have come to understand about effective teaching and learning, and in the possibilities afforded by new technologies for improving teaching and learning. The Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts (CILA) was founded in 2000 to provide support for faculty working to meet the challenges posed by these changes. On the premise that the liberal arts colleges are ideal laboratories for pedagogical innovation and reform, CILA seeks to provide time and space for conversations and collaboration among faculty about learning, teaching and scholarship.

Coming up in CILA

Fall 2015 Faculty Lunch Conversations

Join your colleagues for a lunch discussion around interesting topics in teaching and learning. Unless otherwise noted, all lunches are in the Valhalla Dining Room, 11:45-1:15, with the main presentation and discussion planned from noon-1:00. Topics and presenters are announced by email, along with a request for RSVPs. See past topics here.

Save the Dates:

Wednesday, September 23.
Finding a Home in Higher Ed: Disability, Disclosure, Design. Dr. Tammy Berberi, Associate Professor or French, University of Minnesota-Morris

Wednesday, October 7

Wednesday, October 21

New Wine and Old Wineskins: Teaching classic or authoritative texts across the curriculum. Jamie Schillinger, Mara Benjamin, and Jason Ripley, Religion

Tuesday, November 10

Popcorn Pedagogy: A Time for Sharing Ideas in Teaching

Wednesday, November 18

Tuesday, November 24

Tuesday, December 1 (Buntrock 142)

Also, please note:

Thursday, November 5 (Sun Room)    –    Faculty Forum

Tuesday, November 10 (Viking Theater)    –    Mellby Lecture, 7:30 p.m.