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Two cohorts, of twelve early career faculty, teaching at small liberal arts colleges, gathered for three successive weekends, in Winter, Summer and Fall 2023.


• January 26-29, 2023;
• June 1-4, 2023;
• November 9-12, 2023


• February 2-5, 2023;
• June 8-11, 2023;
• November 30–December 3, 2023

Front (left to right): Sana Tayyen (University of Redlands), Gonzalo Guzmán (Macalester College), Mary Ryan (Washington & Jefferson College), Sam Allen (Randolph-Macon College).

Second row (left to right): Mary Turner (Maryville College), Hilary Florian (Franklin College), Brandy Daniels (University of Portland).

Third row (left to right): Tom Pearson (Nielsen Center for the Liberal Arts), John Monopoli (Susquehanna University), Blake Colclasure (Doane University), Khadene Harris (Kenyon College), Davina Lopez (Eckerd College).

Back row (left to right): Todd Penner (Eckerd College), Kevin Smith (Beloit College), Solmaz Bastani (Wofford College).

Not pictured: Mary-Reginald Anibueze (Berea College)

Front (left to right): Dominique C. Hill (Colgate University), Mai Thai (Occidental College), Al Evangelista (Oberlin College), Megan Flocken (Catawba College).

Standing: Lori Brandt Hale (Augsburg University), Mark Levandoski (Grinnell College), C. Nathalie Yuen (The Evergreen State College), Tom Pearson (Nielsen Center for the Liberal Arts), Xavier Haro-Carrión (Macalester College), Alyssa Mikytuck (Randolph-Macon College), Mike Staunton (Colby-Sawyer College), Sarah Lahasky (Gustavus Adolphus College), Abena Boakyewa-Ansah (UNC Asheville), Marcus R. Pyle (Davidson College), Andrew Hao (University of Minnesota, Morris), Davina Lopez (Eckerd College).


  • What do I do? How do I do it? Why do I do it this way? and Why does it matter?
  • Mapping and analyzing a typical day at work
  • Creating photo images of liberal arts quotes
  • The vocation of a liberal arts professor
  • What are the liberal arts and why does a liberal arts education matter?
  • Academic disciplines and the general education curriculum
  • Sharing successful teaching strategies for teaching in the liberal arts
  • Navigating institutional realities and challenges
  • Advocating for the liberal arts

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Thomas Pearson, Director