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

Meets only in the Fall Semester.




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:  Spring 2015

9:00 - 10:30 am in LIB 304

January 23
February 20
March 20
April 3 & 17

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 - Spring 2015

GeorgeKuhHigh Impact Practices Reading Groups (based on articles by  George Kuh)

Who in Academia is not interested in student retention and student engagement? This group – open to faculty and staff - will focus on reading and discussing journal articles about widely tested High Impact Practices known to improve student learning, engagement, and retention. This reading group will meet three times either on Friday's or Tuesdays.

Session One - Friday January 16 12 - 1:30 pm RH 204
Session One - Tuesday January 20 3:30 - 5:00 pm ADM 204

Session Two - Friday February 13 12 - 1:30 pm RH 204
Session Two - Tuesday February 17 3:30 - 5:00 pm ADM 204

Session Three - Friday March 27 12 - 1:30 pm RH 303 (note change of room)
Session Three - Tuesday, March 31 3:30 -5:00 pm ADM 204

See CAFE Calendar to register.

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