Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Fall 2017 Faculty Book Groups

We have a great line-up of faculty reading groups coming up for the Fall term, and we hope you can join us for one of them!

To register, please review the descriptions below, select your favorite, and click on the book cover.

After you register, please come by PC 237 to pick up your complimentary copy of the book. We're open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. BBC book group participants will receive their copy via campus mail.

To ensure productive discussion, participants should be able to commit to all scheduled meetings; please review your calendar to confirm you can attend before signing up.


What The Best College Teachers Do

MMC: Wednesdays: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 > 1 PM - 3 PM > PC 237 

Ken Bain wanted to know how some faculty manage to "make a sustained, substantial, and positive influence on how [their] students think, act, and feel." How do some faculty consistently provoke deep learning, while the rest of us merely have good intentions? Bain conducted a fifteen-year study of a hundred extraordinarily effective teachers, to see how they help their students learn. His engaging, humorous book traces the results of his study, showing what we can learn from the way these exceptional teachers approach their subjects, their students, and the process of learning.



Teaching the Whole Student

MMC: Tuesdays: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 > 3 PM - 5 PM > PC 237

Teaching the Whole Student is a compendium of engaged teaching approaches by faculty across disciplines. These inspiring authors offer models for instructors who care deeply about their students, respect and recognize students' social identities and lived experiences, and are interested in creating community and environments of openness and trust to foster deep-learning, academic success, and meaning-making." The approaches discussed "have a demonstrated impact on critical and analytical thinking, student retention and academic success, personal well-being, commitments to civic engagement, diversity, and social justice.



Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching

MMC: Tuesdays: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 > 1 PM - 3 PM > PC 237 

Are you tired of the same small group structures? Do you wonder how you can make small groups work more effectively? Have you tried to create small groups in your large classes, but didn't feel satisfied with the results? This book moves us from simple group work to team-based learning (TBL). Whether you're a novice or an expert with this collaborative teaching strategy, we will examine the process for transforming classrooms into TBL environments to promote deeper dialogue and learning experiences for all of our students. We will also contemplate why and how to implement TBLs within your specific courses and across modalities.



The College Fear Factor Reading Group

MMC: Wednesdays: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 > 10 AM - Noon > PC 237 

Drawing on five years of interviews, Rebecca D. Cox shows how students and faculty misunderstand and often fail one another, despite good intentions on both sides. She demonstrates how quickly students can come to feel defeated by their real-world responsibilities and by the demands of college and come to conclude that they just don't belong in higher education after all. Cox argues that the traditional college culture can actually pose obstacles to students' success, and suggests strategies for effectively explaining academic expectations to novice learners.



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