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Support for Scholarly and Creative Work

SWARGS: Scholarly Writing and Research Groups

A SWARG is a group of faculty members focused on mutual support for creative work, research, and writing. Each semester there are approximately 40 CC faculty members participating in accountability and/or writing exchange groups on campus. This kind of interaction has been shown to be highly effective at increasing individuals’ productivity, as well as their overall satisfaction as teacher/scholars. Often groups form themselves from mutual interests, career stages, or departments, but an individual may apply and ask to be assigned to a group as well. Once accepted, each group may receive reimbursement for expenses up to $300 (per group) per year to cover lunches or meeting refreshments, copying papers, etc. To apply, please fill out this form describing your project and group. The Crown Center will help coordinate, find space, and provide funds for snacks or modest lunches.

SWARMS: Scholarly Writing and Research Mornings

SWARM for a Block: Not teaching this block and want weekly morning writing time with colleagues? SWARM each Tuesday morning 8:30 am – 11 am, Weeks 1, 2, 3, & 4 of each block. Commit to at least 3 mornings in a block and Crown will cover refreshments from Susie B’s Café. Bring your work and refreshments to the Julie Penrose Reading Room – Garden Level.

Weekly Mini-SWARM: Looking to sustain your scholarly or creative work during a teaching block? Join colleagues each Thursday morning, 8 – 9 am, Weeks 1, 2, and 3 of each block, on the 3rd Floor of Tutt Library for a bustling environment, or head to the 4th floor for quiet. Crown will be running a tab at Susie B’s Café for all SWARM’ers.

Ongoing programming for the Academic Year

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.

Riley Scholars Lecture Series 
This series features our Riley Scholar colleagues, who have volunteered to give a talk on their research for the campus community. Please come and support them! Each talk will feature an opportunity for feedback and for meetings with students. All talks are free and open to all.