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Faculty Development Events

faculty and students

Faculty lectures and the Wednesday lunch series provide instructional staff with opportunities to share in conversations about their own and their colleagues' work. Faculty who have received college funding for a second semester of leave must present their work at either a Wednesday lunch or a faculty lecture in the year of their return. The Associate Provost for Educational Programs coordinates both the faculty lectures and the Wednesday lunch series for instructional staff.

Events Open to the Public

Faculty Lectures

Faculty lectures provide an opportunity for faculty to present recent or ongoing research to the Swarthmore Community. All lectures begin at 4:30 pm and will be held in the Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall.

The Faculty Lectures Series has been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. We look forward to hosting the lectures again in 2021-22. For more information, please contact Jean-Vincent Blanchard (

Second Tuesday Café Series

The Aydelotte Foundation’s popular Second Tuesday lunchtime cafe series has been suspended for the  2020-21 academic year, following Swarthmore College’s COVID-19 protocols. 

Events Open to Faculty

For singular events, please consult the College calendar.

Faculty Study Hall 

Every Monday throughout the semester, faculty across all ranks are invited to mingle in a quiet work space with good food and coffee to work on their projects. Faculty Study Hall is on hiatus for now due to COVID-19.

Monday New Faculty Lunches [pdf]

Every other Monday during the semester, first year faculty are invited to a lunch series that continues orientation to the college and introduces faculty to academic and institutional topics and resources.  This is a chance to meet with your cohort and get to know key members of the academic community.

Wednesday Faculty Lunch Series

Every week, faculty are invited to gather for lunch as a member of the academic community presents a short and informal talk based on current research, teaching or institutional initiatives.  Social lunch begins at noon. Presentations start at 12:30.

In Spring 2021, the "lunches" and talks will be held via video-conferencing every other Wednesday from 1 to 2pm, starting on February 24th. The program will be published at the beginning of the semester.