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 2019 Groups

Deep Work

Deep Work: Rules for

Focused Success in a

Distracted World 

-Cal Newport (2016)


Schedule:  Fridays | Sept 20, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6  |  12:30 - 1:50 pm | Merzbach Room



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Bandwidth Recovery


Bandwidth Recovery:

Helping Students

Reclaim Cognitive

Resources Lost to

Poverty, Racism, and

Social Marginalization

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

Spring 2019

  • Cultivating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Classrooms - reading and discussion series

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

 Fall 2017

 Spring 2017

 Fall 2016