Reading Groups

Each semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning organizes one or more reading groups with the goal of fostering a community of learning among faculty.  Readings consist of scholarly texts, articles, or a series of recorded presentations on topics related to teaching and learning.  Books for the reading group are available for check out from Atkins Library.  The groups are facilitated by faculty members and instructional technologists who guide participants through thoughtful engagement and reflection.  

Fall 2016 Reading Groups

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014). By Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel.
"To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners." (From:

This reading group is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students and is facilitated by Dr. Bobby Hobgood, Director, Language Resource Center, and adjunct faculty member in the College of Education.

Dates and times: This group will meet from 12 - 1 pm on Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Nov. 30, in Kennedy 221

Adjunct Faculty Reading Group

Join your fellow adjuncts for a reading and discussion group that focuses on successful teaching practices.  You’ll learn from each other and broaden your network too.

Teaching topics will be chosen by the group at the first meeting.  Dr. Meg Morgan, group facilitator, will share articles and chapters for each topic to guide the discussions. These articles will provide context that will enable you to discuss and debate the topics.  However, this is an informal and friendly group -- so it’s ok if you haven’t finished all the reading ;-)  

Dates and times: Meetings will be held on these Fridays in Kennedy 221: 9:30 - 11 am Oct. 14, 11 am - 12:30 pm Nov. 4, and 1 - 2:30 pm Dec. 2.

Previous Reading Group Books

Spring 2016, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2007) by Carol Dweck.  

Spring 2016, Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty 1st Edition (2009) by Elizabeth F. Barkley.   

Fall 2015, The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain (2013) by Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek. 

Fall 2015, A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teachers of Adults (2011) by Donald Greive and Patricia Lesko.

Spring 2015, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (2000) by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking.

Fall 2014, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (2011) by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown.