Book Discussion Groups

CAFE offers regular semester-long book discussion groups each semester.  Faculty who register early and attend the entire discussion group receive a complimentary copy of the book. Consult the CAFE Events Calendar for book discussion group meeting dates. Standing CAFE book discussion groups include:



This 3-session book group, aimed at first- and second-year faculty, discusses Robert Boice’s well-received guidebook, Advice for New Faculty. The book introduces the "most reliable research differentiating between new faculty who thrive and those who struggle. By following its practical, easy-to-use rules, new faculty can learn to teach with the highest levels of student approval, involvement and comprehension time -- with only modest preparation time..."  The book offers similar suggestions for writing more prolifically with ease, and quickly integrating into academic culture.

Current Group Information

1:00  am - 1:00 pm in GHH 105

August 27,

September 17, and

October 8



This 4-session discussion group is for faculty interested in exploring how to assess, document, and advance effective teaching and student learning. The series is centered on discussion of recent books addressing the scholarship of teaching and strategies for classroom or course-based research.  The purpose of the group is to:


1. advance faculty skills in assessing, documenting, and demonstrating effective teaching strategies, and

2. provide peer consultation and University support to faculty working on teaching assessment and documentation project(s).

The MLV book discussion group is offered each semester.  Check the CAFE Events Calendar(link) for meeting dates and to register. Book group participants who attend all book group sessions during the semester may keep their copy of  the books discussed.

Current Group Information:  Fall 2014

9:00 - 10:30 am in LIB 304

September 12

October 3 and 24

November 7 and 21

Other MLV Resources:

  • MLV Faculty Portfolios - UAA faculty teaching portfolios document scholarly inquiry into student learning.  Shared results help all teachers improve their pedagogical expertise.

  • MLV Faculty Learning Community- groups of trans-disciplinary faculty engaging in the process of documenting effective teaching in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Course Inquiry Project.




This 3-session group discusses one book each semester with a theme relevant to faculty issues. Previous titles discussed have included:  Academically Adrift; The Narcissism Epidemic; and What the Best College Teachers Do.  

Current Group Information

Fall 2014

sibley bookGetting Started with Team-Based Learning by Jim Sibley & Peter Ostafichuk

Do professionals in your field need to work collaboratively and communicate effectively as part of a team? Are you interested in "flipped" classroom pedagogies that will ensure high levels of student preparation for class, achieve higher levels of learning, and offer your students a way of encountering key learning outcomes in interesting and exciting ways? Please join us for this installment of the Topics in Higher Education Book Group where we will focus on the new text "Getting Started with Team-Based Learning". This engaging work by Jim Sibley and Pete Ostafichuk (both of the University of British Columbia) includes a clear, direct introduction to the key characteristics of the dynamic Team-Based Learning pedagogy, an educational strategy developed in the business school environment that is easily transferable to a wide range of disciplines. TBL may be used in classes as large as 200 and as small as 12. It transforms instruction into active learning using teams, replacing or supplementing lecture with engaged, active learning. The Sibley and Ostafichuk text will help you think about incorporating this pedagogy into your classroom, and also provides insights and practical advice derived from interviews with faculty actively using TBL in a wide range of fields.

Friday:  10/10, 10/24, 11/21
Register via the CAFE Event calendar