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Dear Colleagues,

Below is just a list of Crown Faculty Center sponsored events including dates, times and places.  I've described some of the topics we might cover for various kinds of sessions. We will send out reminders before each event with more specific information about topics, etc. At that point we need RSVPS! 

I have NOT planned and programmed everything because I really would like to "crowd source" this a bit. What else should Crown offer as lunch time topics on teaching or for afternoon workshops for scholarship? Who do you think should present material or lead discussions about various topics?  Please send me your thoughts, Thanks for your ideas. 

Anne F. Hyde

Director, Crown Faculty Center




Do you want to get more research and writing done this summer? Last summer more than 40 CC writers and researchers participated in small groups of 3-5 people that met briefly and regularly to set goals and share progress. They reported that the groups were helpful and even fun. So, we’re doing this again with our oh-so-appealing acronym of SWARG (Scholarly Writing Accountability Group). If you’re interested in forming or being part of a SWARG that meets over the summer, send me an email at about your project and I will play matchmaker OR if you have group all ready to go just let me know that. The Crown Center will help find space and provide funds for snacks or modest lunches.  A small stipend of $200 will be given upon acceptance of your article and/or conference paper.


Due to the popularity of the SWARM gatherings during the academic year, the Crown Center will staff and provide coffee, light breakfast, and quiet for two mornings early in each summer month. At the moment we have the following dates planned, (June 9 and 10 in the Learning Commons living room, and July 7, 8 and Aug. 4,5 in Olin Fishbowl). Breakfast, coffee, chatting, goal setting from 8:30 to 9, then heads down and quiet work on scholarly projects in our own café-like setting from 9-11:30. You can work with your SWARG or just come and find out who is on campus this summer and doing what kind of work. Bring whatever you need to get some work done in that setting: a laptop, a book, articles you’re reading, a pile of data to crunch.

3.  Summer 2014 Intensive Writer’s Retreats

The second retreat will be July 14-18 and will focus on intensive writing, but also sharing work and offering constructive commentary.

These sessions are open to anyone at CC who wants to spend time together writing and who iswilling to commit to the entire workshop.

For the July workshop, we’ll meet daily from 8:30 - 4:00, with breakfast and coffee provided each day and a required afternoon social session after the day’s completed work together.  We’ll have drinks and snacks at 4:00 each day and compare notes on how the day went. These gatherings will take place at Stewart House. 

Please let Anne Hyde,  or Patti Spoelman, or (719-389-6168) know if you are interested and we’ll reserve you a spot. Call or email if you have questions. We’ll have a meeting before each session to work out ground rules and to help us all think about what everyone needs for productive working time.


August 11-14, 2014 to introduce new tenure-track, one-year, and Riley faculty to designing syllabi and teaching on the Block Plan and August 13-14, 2014 for everyone interested in beginning the year with sharing ideas and practices about teaching with colleagues and trying out some new ideas proposed by some expert guests. Detailed descriptions of theme, format, and sessions to follow.