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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

Crown Faculty Programming for Summer 2015



June 8-10th is our 2015 Faculty Workshop - Designing Courses that Engage CC Students:

The First Year and Beyond. This is for everyone interested in beginning the summer with sharing ideas and practices about teaching with colleagues and trying out some new ideas proposed by some expert guests.  


Due to the popularity of the SWARM gatherings during the academic year, the Crown Center will staff and provide coffee, light breakfast, and quiet each Monday morning in the Tutt Library Learning Commons during the summer. This year, we plan to meet every Monday June 1 through August 3rd. Bagels, coffee, chatting, etc. from 8:30 to 9, then heads down and quiet work on scholarly projects in our own café-like setting from 9 - 12. You can work with your SWARG or just come and find out who is on campus this summer and what they are doing. 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.  TWO 3-day  WRITING RETREATS  (JUNE 15-17 and July 8-10)

Are you interested in a more intensive writing opportunity?  The Crown Center will host a 3-day version June 15-17 (in Cossitt) and the second will be July 8-10 (in Stewart House). Each meets from about 9-4, with breakfast in the morning and drinks and reporting out in the afternoon. These were very popular last summer and people enjoyed toward their own goals on specific projects. We are still thinking about the format, but email ideas to or


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 group. The Crown Center will help find space and provide funds for snacks or modest lunches. 

 To RSVP for any of these things, email Jenn Sides at  or call 719-389-6168.

If you have questions, email Anne Hyde at or Rebecca Tucker at

Just FYI: August 10-12, 2015 will be the dates of our New Faculty workshop to introduce new tenure-track, one-year, and Riley faculty to designing syllabi and teaching on the Block Plan and tips on how to succeed and survive your first year.