Summer 2021 Reading Groups

The Kaneb Center purchases books on teaching and learning in higher education for small, informal reading groups. This program is available to instructors on campus including faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. 

  1. Select - Choose a book from the list below (existing groups may choose a book from the list below or propose another title).

  2. Sign Up - sign up as an individual and we will put you in a group – or, if you are an existing group's facilitator, sign up for the group and provide the participating members' ND email addresses. We will purchase and distribute the books.

  3. Read and Discuss - The facilitator will contact the group to determine reading goals and arrange meetings. Groups may meet several times with specific reading goals or they may meet once, upon completion of the book. We recommend 2 to 4 meetings for optimal discussion.

  4. Submit - Once the group has finished, the facilitator will provide a short summary (1 page or less) of the group's impressions of the book.

What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching
Tracie Addy, Derek Dube, Khadijah Mitchell, and Mallory SoRelle, 2021

The authors of What Inclusive Instructors Do surveyed hundreds of instructors across ranks and disciplines in order to offer concrete, technique-based approaches to inclusive teaching. If you are ready to move from theory to practice by examining specific examples of student-centered learning and participating in guided reflection activities along the way, this may be the book for you. This highly anticipated book was released May 15; learn alongside the Kaneb Center staff as we explore this new release.

Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning (Skills for Scholars)
Ken Bain, 2021

In this book (a follow-up to his What the Best College Teachers Do), Bain shares the stories of college, graduate school, and high school teachers who are using evidence-based approaches to enhance learning, critical thinking, and creativity. You'll find a variety of examples, strategies and practices that you might consider to enhance students' learning in your courses.

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
bell hooks, 1994

In her seminal book on teaching, bell hooks – writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual – writes about a new kind of education, “education as the practice of freedom.” If you are interested in confronting the cultural and political aspects of the classroom in order to create inclusive learning environments that embrace a wide range of student identities, then this is the book for you.

Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It
James Lang, 2020

Early in this book, Lang provides an explanation of why human beings are easily distracted along with some of the characteristics of learning environments that contribute to distraction. The rest of the book focuses on the "What You Can Do About It" part of the title and includes practical strategies you can use to cultivate students' attention.

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