Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts

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

The past couple of decades have brought 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 St. Olaf College 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
AUGUST 2018 new faculty orientation

Wednesday-Friday August 15-17 – Orientation and workshop sessions
Monday August 27 and Wednesday August 29 – Orientation and information sessions

FALL 2018 CILA Faculty Conversations and other gatherings:

Join faculty and staff 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 presentation and discussion from noon-1:00. SAVE THESE DATES! Conversation descriptions and presenters are announced by email, along with a request for RSVPs.

See Conversations from past semesters here.

Tuesday September 18    Building a Culture of Classroom Observation

Thursday September 27, 3:30-5:00pm    CILA/ASC Faculty Workshop series “Designing an Inclusive Classroom” – Why, What, and How: Principles of Universal Design Learning

Wednesday October 3    To Include is to Excel: One Year On

Tuesday October 9    Life on Campus: Histories and Futures of Higher Education

Tuesday October 30, 3:30-5:00pm    CILA/ASC Faculty Workshop series “Designing an Inclusive Classroom” – Designing Assignments

Wednesday October 31    Supporting Diverse Writers and Researchers

Tuesday November 6    Inquiry in Support of Student Learning: Success Stories from the Battlefield

Wednesday November 14    Teaching, Fast and Slow

Tuesday November 27    E-Portfolios – Some St. Olaf Examples

Fall 2018 Office Hours
Mary Titus, Director of CILA

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday    10:00-12:00
or by appointment