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 2021 

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Podcasts on Inclusive & Anti-Racist
Teaching and Learning



Discussion:  Fri, February 19, 12:30-1:30


Podcast episodes:  Podcasts includes audio documentaries and essays from Code Switch, Educate, Revisionist History, Relatively Prime, and two central Texas universities grappling with their own racial histories.


Sign up: Access the episodes and join the meetings here.


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.  To convene a group, contact the CTLS director. 


Book options:

  •  - 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.
  •  - For more ideas, check out our “Reading Group Ideas” page.  

Previous Reading Groups

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

  • Newport, Cal.  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Grand Central, 2016)
  • Jensen, Joli. Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics (U of Chicago, 2017)
  • Verschelden, Cia. Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization (Stylus, 2017)

Spring 2019

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

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

 Fall 2017

 Spring 2017

 Fall 2016