Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Spring 2019 Faculty Book Groups

We have a great line-up of faculty book groups coming up for the spring 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've registered, 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 - Monday through Friday.

Register early, pick up your book, and you can read over break!

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.


Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization

Monday, March 4th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237
Monday, March 11th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237
Monday, March 18th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237

Wednesday, February 20th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, HL 311
Wednesday, February 27th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, HL 311
Wednesday, March 6th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, HL 311

"Scarcity steals cognitive resources." - Verschelden

What are the hidden costs of deprivation and social injustice? Verschelden seeks to help us understand how cognitive resources are negatively impacted - "diminished by the effects of economic insecurity, discrimination, and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and other aspects of difference." Non-majority students are no less focused, committed or capable than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity. We'll explore and discuss ways we can implement Verschelden' s evidence-based strategies and interventions to help our students rebuild the cognitive resources, lost to the effects of discrimination, necessary to achieve success in the classroom and college.

Please note: Books are available for pick up in HL 311 for the BBC group.



A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future

Tuesday, January 29th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, PC 237
Tuesday, February 5th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, PC 237
Tuesday, February 12th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, PC 237

In this visionary exploration into our changing economy, best-selling author Daniel Pink makes a provocative and insightful argument about how abundance, outsourcing, and automation are transforming the world of work. Drawing on research from across disciplines, Pink outlines six fundamentally human abilities-design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning-essential for success in the coming "Conceptual Age." In this group, we will explore answers to pressing questions: How should we prepare our students for this changing world of work? What kinds of learning experiences cultivate creative thinkers and empathic collaborators who can thrive in the marketplace of the future?



How Learning Works: 7 Research Based Principles for Smart Teaching

(Special Invite to New Faculty)
Thursday, February 14th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, PC 237
Thursday, February 21st, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, PC 237
Thursday, February 28th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, PC 237

(Special Invite to Adjunct Faculty)
Friday, February 22nd, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237
Friday, March 1st, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237
Friday, March 8th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237

Ambrose and colleagues present research on cognition, translating decades of scientific literature into practical advice for university faculty, and introducing seven general principles of how people learn. The authors draw on research from cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, as well as educational research, anthropology, etc. The discussion spans issues from memory to motivation. The study integrates theory with real-classroom examples in practice. Participants will develop strategies for strengthening their own teaching through the application of these principles of cognitive psychology.



The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

Wednesday, January 30th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237
Wednesday, February 6th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237
Wednesday, February 20th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237

Cavanagh's Spark of Learning draws from research in education, psychology and neuroscience and provides successful higher education practice examples across a wide variety of disciplines. Cavanagh reminds educators that thoughtful consideration of course design and the emotional impact of our teaching style can help us to capture our students' attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, enhance their motivation and "demonstrate to our students that we see their value and perceive them as worthy partners in intellectual discourse." In this book group participants will learn how to identify the emotions that their course and course material can stir in students, consider the ways in which those emotions might influence student motivation and performance and develop strategies that tap into those emotions to support student learning.


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