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 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:

For descriptions and resources from CILA Faculty Lunch Conversations that took place earlier in the semester, visit

Coming up:
Wednesday, November 29
(in Buntrock 142): (Inclusive Classroom Series) Inclusivity and Group Work in the Classroom – Gwen Barnes-Karol, Rick Goedde, Ryan Sheppard