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.



Spring 2019 Groups and Communities

Equity Diversity Inclusion at UC Berkeley

Cultivating Equity,

Diversity, and Inclusion

in Our Classrooms

 -co-hosted by the Center for Teaching,

Learning, & Scholarship and by the

Office of Advising and Retention

An open group: We welcome participants for one, some, or all of the scheduled meetings.  

  Tuesdays | Feb 5, Mar 5, and Apr 2  |  11:30 - 12:45 pm | Connie Ballroom. 


Topics & Format:  For each topic, a reading will be shared in advance of the meeting. But discussion time will be split between the reading and sharing our own experiences and strategies in the classroom.

 - February 5 - Students of color at a PWI: the importance of a sense of belonging 
 - March 5 -  Gender & sexuality: queer-friendly, gender-inclusive classrooms
 - April 2 - Disability as diversity in higher ed: resisting academic ableism


RSVP for one or all of the meetings.  




R Time

 -co-hosted by

the Center for Teaching,

Learning, & Scholarship and by the

Smith Library

An open group: We welcome participants for one, some, or all of the scheduled meetings.  

  Fridays | Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, Apr 26  |  1:30 - 3:30 pm | Library Sandbox 


Topics & Format:  This will be open, shared workspace and tinkering time where you can join with others exploring R for dedicated time working on your projects or learning. 


RSVP for one or all of the meetings.  

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

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

 Fall 2017

 Spring 2017

 Fall 2016