Traditionally, professors are people that we see and get to know through the classroom, office hours, and other academic settings. To break that barrier, JMU offers a way to get to know your professor in a more casual setting, away from the books and assignments.
What is TPLC?
Take Your Professor to Lunch or Coffee (TPLC) is a program sponsored by the Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI) and General Education, that gives professors and students the opportunity to meet in a group for lunch or coffee and get to know each other outside of the typical classroom environment. The goal of this program is to establish an educational relationship and develop a professional connection with your professor. TPLC is offered to faculty who teach classes with student enrollments of 50 or more, where it can sometimes be difficult to make a personal connections.
The lunch or coffee is complimentary and can take place at a variety of on-campus dining locations such as Madison Grill, Ehall, Bistro 1908, Java City in Memorial Hall, and the Starbucks in ECL. Applications for the fall semester have already filled up, but applications for spring semester will be available in January 2017 with a limit of 40 set-up lunch or coffee dates. A student representative of the TPLC program will arrange a time with the professor to come into the classroom, present on the program, and randomly select 6 students who are interested and available to attend the lunch on a given date.
My Lunch Date with my SMAD 442 Professor