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.

In CILA News:

NEW 2014 CILA Summer Writing Retreat

The 2014 CILA Summer Writing Retreat is June 9-13, 2014 from 9am to 3:30pm! This is an opportunity for St. Olaf Assistant Professors on the tenure-track and newly tenured faculty from all disciplines and faculties. However, space is LIMITED! For more information  on the retreat and to access the call to application form click here.  

Hold the Dates! – Spring 2014 Faculty Lunch Conversations

Join your colleagues for lunch discussion around interesting topics in teaching and learning. All lunches except the Provost’s Sabbatical Series (March 13) and the Teaching and Technology Showcase (May 1) run 11:45-1:15, with the main presentation and discussion planned from noon-1:00. Lunch topics are announced by email, along with a request for rsvps. Session topics listed below as scheduled.

 April May
   Tues Mar 4  Tues Apr 8
 Thurs May 1
 Tues Feb 18 Thurs Mar 13
 Tues Apr 15
Wed Feb 26
 Tues Mar 18  Wed Apr 23


Feb 18
 Academic Civic Engagement
Paul Schadewald, Associate Director, Civic Engagement Center, Macalester College
BC 142
Feb 26
Maximizing Student Learning Abroad: Reports from 2014 Interim Program Leaders    Dana Gross (Psychology), L. DeAne Lagerquist (Religion), Jonathan O’Conner (Spanish) BC 142
Mar 4
 Demystifying the Board of Regents
Rick Goedde (Economics/Management Studies), Mary Walczak (Chemistry)
BC 142
Mar 13
 Provost’s Sabbatical Series Luncheon
Kathryn Ananda-Owens (Music), Anna Kuxhausen (History)
(Community Time, 11:20-12:35)
 Sun Ballroom
Mar 18
Diversifying Diversity: Perspectives on Mixed Race
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (English), Britt Letcher ’14
BC 142
Apr 8
BC 142
Apr 15
 Design Thinking, Sustainability, and Spanish
Maggie Broner (Spanish)
BC 144
Apr 23
BC 142
May 1
Teaching & Technology Showcase
co-presented with Instructional Technology (IT)