Reading Circles

Reading Circles LogoWe will be offering Reading Circles in Spring 2014 again.
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.

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) invites faculty to participate in our 10th offering of the Reading Circle program this Spring semester.

Cheating LessonsWe are pleased to offer a compelling book, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty by James Lang (2013). If you are interested in encouraging your students to  practice good behaviors. A short review of this book can be found here.

We are pleased that Dr. Lang will be joining us as an invited speaker for our Symposium on Teaching and Learning on April 15th, and any person who completed reading circles will be able to attend a session where he discusses his work and answers any questions you might have.

Registration Link

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 “

Bulletin Article on Reading Circles

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.