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.

SPRING 2018 CILA Faculty Conversations and other events:

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

Coming up:

Tuesday, February 20 – Inclusive Classroom Series

Wednesday, February 28 – Academic Civic Engagement #1

Thursday, March 8 – General Education

Wednesday, March 14 – Representation in majors

Tuesday, March 20 – Micro aggressions research

Tuesday, April 1o – “Popcorn pedagogy”

Tuesday, April 17 – Publishing and Scholarship Series

Wednesday, April 25 – Academic Civic Engagement #2

Tuesday, May 1 – Publishing and Scholarship Series


Spring 2018 Office Hours
Mary Titus, Director of CILA

Tuesday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
or by appointment