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 2014 Faculty Lunch Conversations

Join your colleagues for lunch discussion around interesting topics in teaching and learning. Unless otherwise noted, all lunches run 11:45-1:15, in Buntrock 142, with the main presentation and discussion planned from noon-1:00. Topics and presenters are announced by email, along with a request for RSVPs. Descriptions of past Conversations are linked from here.

Wednesday, October 8 - Valhalla Dining Room

THURSDAY, October 23 - Provost's Sabbatical Series Luncheon - 11:20-12:35, Sun Ballroom
Edmund Santurri, Professor of Religion and Philosophy; Nancy Thompson, Associate Professor of Art & Art History

(October 27-31 – Quiet Week)

Wednesday, November 5 - Valhalla Dining Room
“Playing to Teach, Playing to Learn” with Maggie Broner
Wednesday, November 12
“Sustainability in the Curriculum” with Dave Van Wylen and members of the Sustainability Task Force

Tuesday, November 18
“Opportunities and Approaches in the Digital Humanities” with Dolores Peters and others

Spring 2015 dates

Tuesdays:    February 17    March 3    April 28

Wednesdays:    February 25    March 11    March 25    April 22

Prrovost’s Sabbatical Series Luncheon:    Thursday  March 19