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Dear Colleagues,

Below is a list of Crown Faculty Center sponsored events for this Fall. We will send out reminders before each event with information about time, place, presenters, etc. At that point we need RSVPS! You can RSVP to me or Jenn Sides at

If you have ideas about what else the Crown might offer as lunch time topics on teaching or for afternoon workshops for pedagogy and scholarship, please email me with your thoughts. Thanks -

Rebecca Tucker

Director, Crown Faculty Center

Crown Faculty Programming for Fall 2015

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

Any questions, email Rebecca Tucker at

Crown Faculty Lunches

Crown lunches are an opportunity for the faculty to come together to discuss different aspects of teaching and scholarship at CC. They are held on the second Tuesday of each block, from noon (or shortly thereafter) to 1:15pm, in Slocum Commons.

Block 1: Tuesday September 1: Understanding Microaggression (co-sponsored with the Butler Center)


Block 2: Tuesday September 29: Teaching Abroad and Career Planning: how to make international classes work for you 


Block 3: Tuesday October 27: Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Across the Curriculum 


Block 4: Tuesday December 1:    Introducing the New Assessment Plan (co-sponsored with the Assessment Committee)

Crown Faculty Workshop: Block 3

“Shifting the advising paradigm: increasing student success and faculty satisfaction.” Professor Kathleen Greene, Professor of Chemistry and Education, Beloit College. Wednesday November 11, from noon - 4PM in TLC 3.

This afternoon workshop will help you rethink and rework the standard advising paradigm--to facilitate a shift away from a bookkeeping (and policing) approach toward one that features real conversations with students about what matters.  We will explore effective and efficient ways to teach students to develop both the competence to monitor their own progress toward graduation and the skills to be intentional and reflective, so that academic advisors can focus instead on developing authentic mentoring relationships with them.  If we can help students develop the responsibility and agency to navigate their own liberal arts education, we liberate ourselves to become academic advisors, guides, and mentors--roles that most of us find more meaningful and satisfying.

SWARMS: Scholarly Writing and Research Mornings

8:30am-noon on the first two days of each block in Tutt Library Learning Commons

SWARMS are for any faculty member looking for some quiet research time, a scholarly community, and the chance to get some focused work done. Conversation, coffee, and light breakfast from 8:30 – 9 and quiet work on scholarly projects in our own café-like setting from 9 – 12 after that. Bring whatever you need to get work done in that setting: a laptop, a book, articles you’re reading, a pile of data to crunch. Drop in – no RSVP required.


**PILOT** SWARD: Scholarly Writing and Research DAY: 

8am-5pm on Thursday, September 17

In response to faculty requests for SWARMs that are not always in the morning, on the first Thursday of block 1 block break we’ll host an all-day research and writing retreat in the Learning Commons. If you aren’t a morning person or have been busy teaching, this SWARD is for you. Coffee and snacks throughout the day. Drop in and out as your schedule allows – no RSVP required.


SWAGS: Scholarly Writing Accountability Groups

Do you want to get more research and writing done this year? Last year more than 40 CC writers and researchers participated in small groups of 3-5 people that met regularly to set goals and share progress. Research shows that these kinds of support groups can dramatically enhance scholarly productivity. Last year’s SWARGS reported that the groups were both helpful and fun. If you’re interested in forming or being part of a SWARG, send me an email at about your project and group. The Crown Center will help coordinate, find space, and provide funds for snacks or modest lunches.