Brown Bag Discussions offer faculty an opportunity to share lunch together and listen to their colleagues speak about topics related to learning and teaching. Come get a free lunch and experience interactive discussions presented by your friends. Faculty presenters have the freedom to speak about things they feel are innovative and enlightening, items they find successful in the classroom and best practices. Instructors who regularly participate in Brown Bag Discussions often come away with new ideas that make their teaching more meaningful.

Listed below are the upcoming Brown Bag / PIE Talk Discussions. To reserve a seat and a lunch, RSVP to

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Upcoming Discussions:

Brown Bag Discussion

  • Thursday, February 15 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and Friday, February 16 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Both are held in the MC 387 Special Events room.


JOHN IVERS of the Everyday Student Committee and his team: Scott Gardner, Greg Hazard, and Robyn Bergstrom.

"Instructional Strategies for the Everyday Student II": In spring Semester 2016, President Gilbert formed the Everyday Student Committee headed by Dean John Zenger. A subcommittee was later formed called Instructional Strategies for the Everyday Student. Some of the findings of the subcommittee included issues in instructional delivery, metacognition, and learning environment. This will be the second and final presentation concerning those findings. 


PIE Talk: (Passion, Innovation, and Enlightenment)

Thursday, March 15, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and Friday, March 16, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Both are held in the MC 387 Special Events room.


JOHN C THOMAS, Religious Education

"Religious Freedom for All:  Our Assets and Liabilities as Bridge-Builders"  A few colleagues and I developed a new Foundations class on the social science of religious freedom.  To help with that class, last year I took two classes from the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.  Despite these valuable activities, I still feel that I talk about religious freedom rather than do something about it.   In my talk I review some of the assets and liabiliteis that apply to me -- and probably other mormons -- as we try to build non-partisan and interfaith coalitions to preserve religious freedom for all.

FROM THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY STUDIES PROGRAM: Scott Gardner, Cole Ratcliffe, Kevin Galbraith, Derrel Higgins, and Kevin Green

"Religion and the Family in the UK"  Five faculty traveled throughout the UK interviewing people from a variety of religious denominations. Interviews discussed the impact of religiousity on their family relationships. A few of those faculty members will share their experience.

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