Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts

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

In the past couple of decades, 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

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.

Fall 2017 CILA Faculty Conversations and other events:

Tuesday, September 19:  (Inclusive Classroom Series)  Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms: An Open Conversation –  Maggie Broner, Mary Titus

Friday, September 29:  Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses that Improve Student Authority – Visiting speaker Paul Hanstedt, Roanoke College

Wednesday, October 4: (Publishing and Scholarship Series)  The Future of Publishing: Born-Digital Publishing Platforms (Lunch co-hosted with St. Olaf and Carleton Libraries’ Broadening the Bridge year-long project.)

Tuesday, October 10:  (Inclusive Classroom Series)  Improving Diversity in Undergraduate STEM Education. Visiting speaker David Kung, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Thursday, October 19:  Visiting artist and speaker Ken Gonzales-Day, Scripps College (11:20-12:35, Center for Art and Dance/CAD 305)

Tuesday, October 24:  (Inclusive Classroom Series)

Tuesday, October 31:

Tuesday, November 7:  Critical Mass: Centering Critical Thinking in the Classroom – Marc David

Tuesday, November 14:  Fall Mellby Lecture – Diana Postlethwaite, English (7:30 pm, Viking Theater)

Thursday, November 16:  Provost’s Sabbatical Series Luncheon – Presenters tba (11:20-12:35, Sun Ballroom)

Wednesday, November 29 (Buntrock 142):