Reading Groups

Faculty Reading Groups

Faculty reading groups 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 readings, with group members taking turns leading discussions. And yep: we’ll always have snacks and coffee.

Spring 2018 Reading Groups

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler (Stylus, 2012)

Schedule: This group will meet 3-4 times across the semester. We will attempt to find a schedule that works for everyone who wants to read the book.

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From the publisher: "This is a book for anyone who has ever considered engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning – known familiarly as SoTL – and needs a better understanding of what it is, and how to engage in it. The authors describe how to create a SoTL project, its implications for promotion and tenure, and how it fosters increased satisfaction and fulfillment in teaching; improved student learning; increased productivity of scholarly publication; collaboration with colleagues across disciplines; contributing to a growing and important body of literature. This guide provides prospective SoTL scholars with the necessary background information, foundational theory, tools, resources, and methodology to develop their own SoTL projects, taking the reader through the stages of the process."

Convene Your Own Book Group

If you and one or more colleagues would like to read a book together, the Office of 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.

You are welcome to propose any book that you think you and one or two other colleagues would like to read - including books relevant to your disciplinary interests. Some options to consider:

  • Berg, Maggie and Barbara K. Seeber, The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy (Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2016)
  • Lang, James M. Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016).
  • Z Nicolazzo, Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion (Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2012).
  • Nilson, Linda, Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students' Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Stylus, 2013).
  • Rosenberg, Gigi, The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist (Watson Guptill, 2010).
  • Schimel, Joshua, Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded (Oxford UP, 2012)
  • Selzer, Rena. The Coach's Guide for Women Professors Who Want a Successful Career and a Well-Balanced Life (Stylus, 2015).
  • Sword, Helen, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017).
  • Verschelden, Cia, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization (Stylus, 2017).
  • Weiman, Carl, Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative (Harvard UP, 2017).

To convene your own group, contact Julie Sievers.

Previous Reading Groups

Fall 2017

  • Steele, Claude, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Norton, 2010).
  • Silvia, Paul, Write It Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles (APA, 2014).

Spring 2017

Fall 2016