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:
ADVICE FOR NEW FACULTY
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 InformationMeets only in the Fall Semester.
MAKING LEARNING VISIBLE (MLV)
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:
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 304January 23
April 3 & 17
Other MLV Resources:
TOPICS in HIGHER EDUCATION (THE)
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
High 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.
Friday: 10/10, 10/24, 11/21
Register via the CAFE Event calendar