Spring 2014 Faculty Book Group:


Topics in Higher Education
(THE) Book Group at UAA

 The Topics in Higher Education Book Group will provide faculty with an opportunity to read and discuss publications exploring higher education.  Although faculty may read publications related to higher education, we often do so in isolation.  THE Book Group will give us a chance to read, discuss with others, and consider the implications of these works for our teaching, scholarship, and service.
What the Best College Teachers Do

Spring 2014

Join us for professional development, self-reflection, and exploration guided by Ken Bain's award-winning book What the Best College Teachers Do. Participants will not be expected to read the book prior to the first session. Instead, Shawnalee Whitney (Associate Professor, Journalism & Communication) will provide a brief summary of key themes in the book, and will offer some preliminary reflection questions designed to guide individual reflection and analysis for subsequent sessions. A limited number of copies of the text will be available at the first session for faculty who attend that session and commit to attending the remaining sessions. In subsequent sessions, faculty will engage in reflective discussions focusing on their own teaching/learning practices, as well as how those are confirmed or could be revised based on insights offered in the text. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion!
January 24, 2014, 10 am - 11 am LIB 304 (books will be distributed)
February 14, 2014  11am - 12:30pm LIB 304
March 28, 2014  11am - 12:30pm LIB 304



Wednesday, 9/11,9/25 & 10/9/2013

Want to create a truly collegial culture at UAA?

Please join us for a discussion group centered around the book, Collegial departmentFacilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education: Strategies for Success by Robert Cipriano

The group will meet three Wednesdays from 1-3pm in Library 302:  September 11, 25 and October 9. 

The first 10 faculty members who register for the entire series will receive a free copy of the book. 

Here's a description of the book:Collegiality is a key element that department chairs value when recommending faculty members for tenure. This practical book (written for chairs and deans) offers a reference of "what to do" proactively so that departments function effectively. The book is filled with the most current ideas and research of what has worked to enhance the climate, culture, and collegiality in the department, as well as the university. The book also includes case law relative to collegiality or lack of collegiality in higher education so that readers will get a helpful guide to nurturing a more collegial department—in a way, preventing toxic situations from arising or worsening.