We will be offering Reading Circles over the summer again. For this summer’s reading selections, we will be reading the common reading, “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail” by Jay Erskine Leutze as well as “Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty” by James Lang. If you are interested in reading either text this summer, please contact Erin Robinson.
We will periodically be sending out a call for participants in reading circles; if you would like to be put on a mailing list for OFD Reading Circles, please send an email to Erin Robinson.
We launched this initiative in the Spring of 2009 with the book, “What the Best College Teachers Do” by Ken Bain. This is what some of our participants said the benefits of participating were:
- “Having time to reflect on teaching. Too often I just fly from class to class without being able to pause. Reading the book and talking to others about it builds those pauses and moments to reflect into my schedule.”
- “Being able to discuss improving teaching …with other people who are interested in talking about this. [Gaining] A better understanding of how much similarity there is in teaching courses in widely different areas “
What are Reading Circles?
Reading circles are small self-regulated groups of faculty who meet several times to discuss a common book. Each group is composed of participants from several different disciplines and at varied stages of their careers. The reading circles are designed to provide colleagues with an opportunity to share ideas about teaching and learning in an informal setting with peers from across the university.
How do Reading Circles work?
The OFD purchases the book, facilitates the formation of small reading groups, and arranges initial meetings. When participants register, they tell us when they are available and they are assigned to a 6-8 person reading group on the basis of their availability. During the first meeting, each group will decide its own meeting frequency and schedule. Reading circles typically meet 4-8 times during the semester. Participating reading circle teams are invited to use the OFD rooms in Clark Hall for meetings or may choose to volunteer potential meeting sites elsewhere.