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The Crown Faculty Center

The Crown Faculty Center supports the central mission of the college: the education of undergraduate students through engaged, dynamic, innovative, and effective teaching. The Crown Faculty Center encourages the development and maintenance of a self-reflective teaching practice for all CC faculty. It also supports faculty scholarship and research, a central part of the liberal arts teacher-scholar model. 

The Crown Faculty Center programs develop teaching throughout the college in a variety of ways, which might include: faculty working on course enhancement; meeting with each other to discuss the ways students learn; thinking about the fundamentals of education in a liberal arts college; developing new approaches, practices, and pedagogies; implementing new technologies in the classroom; reflecting on our growth and practice; and evaluating the impact of teaching on student learning. 

Created through gifts from the Crown family and Edith Gaylord Harper and opened in the fall of 1996, the Crown Faculty Center also serves as a hub for information about faculty development opportunities on campus and in the region, and for current news, events, and publications related to the scholarship of teaching and learning in a liberal arts setting. 

To learn more about this year's events, join the TLC-L listserv by emailing Brett Gray.

2018 CC Authors Reception

The 2018 CC Authors Reception, an annual event recognizing CC authors, will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 3:30-5:00, in in the Julie Penrose Reading Room in the garden level (also known as the basement) of Tutt Library. All faculty and staff are invited to attend, enjoy wine and refreshments, and celebrate the publications of our colleagues. If you have published in the past year, send citations or, better still, copies (electronically or on paper) to Jessy Randall ( Publications may include articles, books, contributions to books, CDs, DVDs, gallery catalogs, and more. All publications we receive will be on display at the event, and preserved afterward in the CC Archives.

Upcoming Crown Faculty Center Luncheons

Join us the second Tuesday of each block to discuss topics pertinent to faculty over lunch. Lunch will be served by noon, with programming beginning at 12:15 p.m. We understand that many of us will be coming from class and some may need to leave closer to 1 p.m. Please come for whatever part you can.

Block 7: Thinking with Our NFO Read: Claudia Rankine's Citizen - Professors Claire Garcia and Natanya Pulley

Join us in Block 7 as we think with our NFO Read, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, about free speech, academic freedom, civic engagement, and higher education.  Professors Claire Garcia and Natanya Pulley will lead off the discussion.  RSVP for lunch by noon, Friday, March 30 at

Block 8: Collaborative Research in the Digital Liberal Arts

Curious about the digital liberal arts and what collaborations among students, faculty, and staff are underway on campus?  Learn about projects at a range of stages and opportunities for the future.  RSVP by noon, Friday, May 27 at

Early Summer Faculty Retreat

Reflecting on Teaching & Learning on the Block Plan: May 23 - 25, 2018

What have we learned, collectively and individually, about teaching and learning on the Block Plan?  What are we now doing and why?  What do we wish we could do and what obstacles do we face? The goals of this retreat are to share and collect practices regarding Block Plan teaching and learning across the college, identify challenges, and brainstorm future possibilities. We would also like to discuss establishing a recurring summer institute on intensive, condensed teaching and learning.