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CAT’s faculty reading groups are cross-disciplinary gatherings, offering faculty, adjuncts, and faculty development partners an opportunity to meet and discuss books, on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning, in a relaxed and safe environment.

Reading groups typically last three weeks (one 2-hour meeting per week) and are limited to 10 participants. Faculty may participate in only one reading group per semester. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Faculty who agree to participate in a reading group receive a complimentary copy of the book. Reading groups are facilitated by a member of the CAT staff, a faculty fellow or special guest.

We hope that you’ll consider joining a faculty reading group. It’s a great way to meet colleagues from across the university, and be inspired by their ideas and teaching experiences. You’ll find this semester’s list of reading group books below each with a link to register and instructions on how to get your complimentary copy of the book.

Please note: To ensure productive discussion, participants should be able to commit to all scheduled meetings; we ask that you review your calendar to confirm you can attend before signing up.

 

  

How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

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.


Theme(s): Learning Centered Teaching 

Monday, January 25th 
Monday, February 1st
Monday, February 8th  
Monday, February 15th
Monday, February 22nd

2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.  

 

  

 

 

 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts

Engaging in new and or more effective efforts to evaluate your teaching requires willingness, a desire to lead, and step out of your comfort zone. If you’re interested in new strategies and additional tools for understanding and evaluating teaching then this book group is for you! During the “Dare to Lead” book group, we will discuss the true nature of leading, which requires risk, difficult conversations, and vulnerability. Moreover, these discussions will be set in the context of doing teaching evaluation work that can make a truly positive impact on your pedagogical approach and student learning.
 
Theme(s): Evidence Based Teaching

Tuesday, March 2nd
Tuesday, March 9th
Tuesday, March 16th

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Let's Talk About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Teaching  

Issues of racial justice have reached a new level in the popular consciousness. As educators working in and for the public good, we can acknowledge these issues in our classrooms and actively work toward creating a more just and equitable society. In this reading group, participants will explore a collection of selected texts related to diversity, equity and inclusion focusing on an exploration of our attitudes and teaching practices as they relate to this moment in history and in higher education specifically.

Theme(s): Inclusive Teaching 

Wednesday, March 10th
Wednesday, March 17th 
Wednesday, March 24th
Wednesday, March 31st
Wednesday, April 7th  

Noon to 1:00 p.m.  
 

Below you will find a list of our previous books by year.

  • 2020

    Spring 2020

    • Deep Work
    • Assessing and Improving Your Teaching

     

    Summer 2020

    • Cheating Lessons
    • Teaching the Whole Student

     

  • 2019

    Spring 2019

    • Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization
    • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
    • How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
    • The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion 

     

    Fall 2019

    • Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty 
    • Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning
    • Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
    • The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want
    • Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher
    • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
  • 2018

    Spring 2018

    • Creating self-regulated learners
    • The Spark of Learning
    • The Meaningful Writing Project
    • Intellectual Empathy
    • The Courage to Teach
    • Minds Online
    • A Whole New Mind

    Summer 2018

    • The Contemplative Mind in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    • Assessing and Improving Your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning

    Fall 2018 

    • Using Simulations to Promote Learning in Higher Education
    • The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness
    • Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors
    • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race
  • 2017

    Spring 2017

    • Mindset
    • Blind Spot
    • Minds Online
    • Teach Students How to Learn
    • What The Best College Teachers Do
    • My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture
    • Collaborative Imagination

    Summer 2017

    • Spark of Learning
    • Creating self-regulated learners
    • Learner Centered Teaching

    Fall 2017

    • What the Best College Teachers Do
    • Teaching the Whole Student
    • The College Fear Factor Reading Group
    • Team based Learning
  • 2016

    Spring 2016

    • Why Don't Students Like School?
    • Mindset
    • Specifications Grading
    • Minds Online
    • The College Fear Factor
    • Blind Spot
    • The Shallows
    • Make it Stick Reading Group
    • Teaching First-Year College Students

    Summer 2016

    • Cheating Lessons

    Fall 2016

    • Engaging Ideas
    • Team Based Learning
    • How Learning Works
    • Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher
    • Teaching to Transgress
    • Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain
    • Small Teaching Reading Group
    • Learner Centered Teaching
  • 2015

    Spring 2015

    • Online Teaching
    • The College Fear Factor
    • How Learning Works
    • How College Works
    • Drive
    • Getting Started With Team-Based Learning
    • Why Don't Students Like School?
    • What It Means for the Classroom
    • Student Engagement Techniques
    • Presumed Incompetent
    • Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with
    • Technology

    Fall 2015

    • What The Best College Teachers Do
    • Effective Instruction for STEM Disciplines
    • How Learning Works
    • Learner Centered Teaching
    • Engaging IDEAS
    • Cheating Lessons
    • Collaborative Learning Techniques
  • 2014

    Spring 2014

    • Paying for the Party
    • Cheating Lessons
    • Now You See It
    • Quiet
    • Blindspot
    • Team-Based Learning
    • Effective Instruction for STEM Disciplines

    Summer 2014

    • Made to Stick
    • Teaching First-Year Students

    Fall 2014

    • Mindset
    • The Online Teaching Survival Guide
    • Faculty Working Group: Teaching Hybrid
    • Classes
    • The Storytelling Animal
  • 2013

    Fall 2013

    • Mindset
    • Effective Instruction for STEM Disciplines
    • Stereotype Threat
    • Teaching First-Year Students
    • Engaging Ideas
    • Pedagogy of Freedom

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