Reading Groups


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 2018 Groups


“R” Faculty Interest Group

This group will meet Monday, September 17, 12:30 - 1:20 pm in the Margaret Schilling Dining Room to discuss needs and interests related to learning the “R” programming language.  Additional meetings may be scheduled based on interests. 


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Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online, by Jay R. Howard (Jossey-Bass, 2015)


Schedule: This group will meet 3-4 times across the semester. We will attempt to find a schedule that works for everyone who wants to read the book.


Read more about the book.


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Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills, by Linda B. Nilson (Stylus, 2013)


Schedule: This group will meet 3-4 times across the semester. We will attempt to find a schedule that works for everyone who wants to read the book.

Read more about the book. 


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Convene Your Own Book Group

If you and one or more colleagues would like to read a book 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.  Some options to consider:

Berg, Maggie and Barbara K. Seeber, The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy (Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2016). Brown, Peter C., Henry L. Roediger, and Mark A. McDaniel, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2014)
Z Nicolazzo, Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion (Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2012). Rosenberg, Gigi, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist (Watson Guptill, 2010).
Schimel, Joshua, Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded (Oxford UP, 2012) Selzer, Rena. The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors Who Want a Successful Career and a Well-Balanced Life (Stylus, 2015).
Sword, Helen, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017). Verschelden, Cia, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization (Stylus, 2017).
Weiman, Carl, Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative (Harvard UP, 2017). Chambliss, Daniel F. and Christopher G. Takacs, How College Works (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2014).

Previous Reading Groups

Spring 2018

 Fall 2017

 Spring 2017

 Fall 2016