Faculty Reading Groups & Learning Communities
Faculty reading groups and learning communities provide an opportunity for Southwestern colleagues from across campus to discuss common intellectual interests. Over the course of a single semester, each group will meet multiple times to discuss the topic and readings, with group members taking turns leading discussions. And yep: we’ll always have snacks and coffee.
Fall 2019 Groups
Deep Work: Rules for
Focused Success in a
-Cal Newport (2016)
Schedule: Fridays | Sept 20, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6 | 12:30 - 1:50 pm | Merzbach Room
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Resources Lost to
Poverty, Racism, and
- Cia Verschelden (2017)
Schedule: The CTLS will hold 2 stand-alone meetings for those would like to discuss the book with colleagues.
- Thursday, October 17, from 11:45 - 12:45, location TBA
- Wednesday, December 11, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, location TBA
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Write No Matter What:
Advice for Academics
- Joli Jensen (2017)
Schedule: This group will set a schedule based on its participants availability. It will meet 3 or 4 times this semester.
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Convene Your Own Book Group
If you and one or more colleagues would like to read a book, set of articles, or even a single article together, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship will support you. We’ll buy the books and treat you to lunches at the Commons for your meeting (or coffees at the Cove!). You are welcome to meet whenever and wherever is most convenient to you, and we’ll also help with scheduling. You may propose any book that you think you and one or two other colleagues would like to read - including books relevant to your disciplinary interests. To convene a group, contact the CTLS director.
Previous Reading Groups
- Cultivating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Classrooms - reading and discussion series
- Howard, Jay R. Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online (Jossey-Bass, 2015).
- “R” Faculty Interest Group
- Bishop-Clark, Cathy & Dietz-Uhler, Beth. Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Stylus, 2012)
- Lang, James M. Small Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2016)
- Steele, Claude M. Whistling Vivaldi (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010)
- Silvia, Paul J. Write It Up (APA LifeTools, 2015)
- Wilson, Edward O. Half Earth (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017)
- Bain, Ken, What The Best College Teachers Do (Harvard UP, 2004).
- Kingsolver, Barbara. Flight Behavior (HarperCollins, 2012)
- Social Justice Reading Group | a collection of articles about teaching social justice
- Ambrose, Susan A., Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2010).
- Germano, William. Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 2016)
- Alexander, M. Jacqui, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred (Duke University Press, 2005).