The Crown Faculty Center
The Crown Faculty Center encourages the development and maintenance of imaginative, dedicated, self-reflective teaching. It also promotes and supports faculty scholarship, research, and writing. A part of the faculty development program at Colorado College, it is a space in The Learning Commons at Tutt Library where faculty can come together to discuss the challenges of teaching, research, and service. The Center offers an abundance of resources for faculty throughout their careers.
More than a place, the Crown Faculty Center is also a metaphor for a program of activities throughout the college: 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 to teaching; implementing new technologies in the classroom; and evaluating the impact of teaching on student learning.
None of these activities is new to the college, but the Crown Faculty Center, created through gifts from the Crown family and Edith Gaylord Harper and opened in the fall of 1996, seeks to reinforce, extend, and enhance them. The CFC programs reflect the central mission of the college: the education of undergraduate students through engaged, dynamic, and innovative teaching.