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

New Faculty Orientation

Mid-August orientation and workshops, Monday-Thursday, August 15-18 – Orientation Schedule

Week 0 general orientation, Monday and Wednesday, August 29 and 31

Fall 2016 Faculty Lunch Conversations

Join your colleagues for lunch discussions 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 these CILA Lunch dates:

Tuesday, September 20

Wednesday, September 28

Tuesday, October 4

Tuesday, October 11 – Provost’s Sabbatical Series Luncheon (Sun Ballroom)

Wednesday, October 19

Tuesday, November 1

Tuesday, November 8

Wednesday, November 16

Wednesday, November 30 (Buntrock 144)

Also these faculty presentations:

Thursday, November 3 – Faculty Forum (Sun Ballroom, 11:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, November 15 – Mellby Lecture – David Booth, Professor of Religion (Viking Theater, 7:30 p.m.)