For many Georgetown students and faculty, coffee is not simply a want, but a necessity. Seeing an opportunity to capitalize on students’ affinity for caffeine and frequent library visits, the Midnight Mug, located on the second floor of Lauinger Library, developed a unique program for professors and teaching assistants (TAs) to hold office hours at their location. This program encourages students to attend office hours and gives them an opportunity to engage with faculty outside of—what some may perceive—the discomfort of a professor’s office.
The Midnight Mug’s Office Hours program provides participating professors, TAs—and students who meet with them—a $2.50 credit to apply to any purchase at the Midnight Mug—an ideal amount for a coffee, tea, speciality drink, or snack. With the purchase credit, the program hopes to incentivize students to meet with their professors and TAs outside of the classroom.
While faculty and students can always benefit from a drink or snack, hosting office hours in this student-forward space can positively impact faculty-student relationships. The “coffee house” setting that Midnight Mug offers creates a comfortable, approachable space that not only gives students the chance to meet with their professors, but also allows professors and TAs to connect with their students on a deeper level. This, in turn, may enrich the sense of community and fellowship among faculty and students.
And what’s more is that students who have had the opportunity to interact with their professors and TAs in a casual out-of-class setting may feel more comfortable inside the classroom, leading to richer classroom discussion.