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Crown 2nd Friday Faculty Luncheon Series

NEW DATES and LOCATION for the Spring Crown Faculty Luncheon Series: for Blocks 5 - 8, we will move to the Second Friday of the Block and be in McHugh Commons.  

Lunch will be available from 12 pm and the program will get underway at 12:15 pm.  We understand that you'll come and leave as your schedule allows.  

As ever, we welcome feedback on Crown programming and also the timing of these blockly events. 

Join us the second Friday 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.

For a program of 17-18 Crown Faculty Luncheons, please click here.

Block 1: Critical Liberal Arts: Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring
Tuesday, September 4, 12 - 1:15 p.m., Tutt Library Event Space

Join colleagues across campus to ground our year’s work in critical engagement with our mission as a residential liberal arts college. What does this mean for us individually and collectively? How might our reflection and discussion frame our intentions for the year and help our advisees do the same?

Please bring an object, equation, image, experiment, text, musical composition, etc that has been formative in your identity as a teacher and learner and be prepared for lively discussion with colleagues about what in our mission matters to us and how we might share that with each other and our students and advisees.

Block 2: Inclusive & Equitable Teaching: Resources, Feedback, & Next Steps
Tuesday, October 2, 12 - 1:15 p.m., Tutt Library Event Space

Come for a brief overview of the Canvas Inclusive and Equitable Teaching site, which houses principles, readings, student classroom climate data and scenarios from those data. The bulk of the discussion will be soliciting feedback and together planning next steps.  To join the Canvas Inclusive and Equitable Teaching course, please follow this link:

Block 3: CEC Discussion of General Education Models
Tuesday, October 30, 12 - 1:15 p.m., South Hall Commons
CEC-led discussion of the CEC’s General Education models which will be first presented at the Block 2 Faculty Meeting.  Faculty will be able to offer support and revisions to elements of the proposed models and hear some of the initial feedback from earlier Block 3 outreach. 

To RSVP, please click here. Questions or concerns about the format?  Please contact CEC Chair Prof. Tip Ragan (

Block 4: Sleep, Retention, and Learning
Tuesday, December 4, 12 - 1:15 p.m., Tutt Library Event Space

J. Roxanne Prichard, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Neuroscience, 2004) is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. An award-winning researcher, speaker, and author, Dr. Prichard has spent the last thirteen years studying how college students sleep. She has designed popular courses on sleep and dreaming, led workshops for college health professionals on sleep, has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on sleep, and has presented numerous papers at national and international professional meetings. Her TEDx talk “Addressing our Children’s Sleep Debt” was featured in the lecture series: Transforming Education. Her research has been summarized in a variety of national media outlets including TIME, US News and World Report, PBS News Hour, Huffington Post, ABC News, and USA Today, among others.

To RSVP, please fill out the following form by Thursday, Nov. 29:

Block 5: CEC / External Consultant on Curriculum
Friday, February 1, 12 - 1:15 p.m., McHugh Commons

Join the CEC and the curriculum consultant recommended by our external reviewer, Dr. Roger Worthington, to continue the work of General Education revision. 

To RSVP, please fill out the following form by Monday, Jan. 28:

Block 6: Thinking with the NSO Read: 1818 – 1918 – 2018 - Frankenstein, Medicine, Monsters, and Us
Friday, March 1, 12 - 1:15 p.m., McHugh Commons

Join colleagues across campus to share experiences teaching Frankenstein in FYE (or elsewhere) or reading this classic anew.   Prof. Jared Richman will kick off this informal discussion of the 2018 New Student Read. 

To RSVP, please fill out the following form by Monday, Feb. 25:

Block 7: Workshop on Experiential Education for the Block: Global Education, Field Study, and Community Engaged Learning
Friday, April 5, 12 - 1:15 p.m., McHugh Commons

Expand your repertoire of high impact practices in experiential education, then workshop ideas in breakout groups with experienced faculty and directors.

To RSVP, please fill out the following form by Monday, Apr. 1:

Block 8: JED Campus Initiative / Equity in Mental Health Framework: Faculty Support & Student Thriving 
Friday, May 3, 12 - 1:15 p.m., McHugh Commons

How do we support the well-being and thriving of all our students?  What resources are available on campus for students – and what materials would help us feel better prepared and supported as faculty?  Hear from the JED Campus Project (  & CC’s Equity in Mental Health Framework Team.

To RSVP, please fill out the following form by Monday, Apr.