Reading Circles

Reading Circles are small, self-regulated groups of faculty who meet to discuss a common book. Each group is composed of participants from several different disciplines and at varied stages of their careers. These synchronous meetings 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. Circles are offered each Fall and Spring. Registration is announced via the OFE Newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Fall 2022 Reading Circles

Our Fall 2022 Reading Circle selections are:

Book cover of What Teaching Looks LikeWhat Teaching Looks Like by Cassandra Volpe Horii and Martin Springborg (Elon University Center for Engaged Learning, [2022] Center for Engaged Learning open access book series, 336 pages):

What Teaching Looks Like delves into higher education—the challenges faced by students, faculty, staff, and administrators alike from all variety of institution types and across campus sectors—in a way that has not been done before. By weaving together a unique collection of documentary photographs of modern teaching and learning at US colleges and universities with research-based discussion of the state of engaged learning, the book teaches readers to think through and with photographs in new ways, offering insights and perspectives with the potential to change teaching, administrative, and support practices for the better. The project not only reflects the state of how US institutions educate the next generation of thinkers and innovators, it informs what we could aspire to do as educators and reveals experiences and perspectives of today’s students in ways that are only accessible through photographs.

The ultimate intent of this book is to make both faculty and administrative work visible, both to audiences internal to our colleges and universities as well as to external stakeholders and decision makers of today and tomorrow, and in doing so, understand and value this work more effectively. It is vital for those whose work is concentrated within one area to see, understand, and empathize with their colleagues from other campus sectors. It also remains necessary for those outside of higher education to visualize and understand the work that faculty, administrators, and students are engaged in day-to-day. Some decision makers continue to hold on to antiquated images and stereotypes of those who work in the education system. The images and discussion in the book challenge these outdated stereotypes.

Book cover of Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College ClassroomInclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom by Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy (West Virginia University Press; First edition, August 1, 2022, 272 pages)

In a book written by and for college teachers, Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy provide tips and advice on how to make all students feel welcome and included. They begin with a framework describing why explicit attention to structure enhances inclusiveness in both course design and interactions with and between students. Inclusive Teaching then provides practical ways to include more voices in a series of contexts: when giving instructions for group work and class activities, holding office hours, communicating with students, and more. The authors finish with an opportunity for the reader to reflect on what evidence to include in a teaching dossier that demonstrates inclusive practices.

 

“Reading Circles give me 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.” - NC State Faculty Member

How do I participate?

Our Fall 2022 Reading Circles will be fully online and synchronous, with meetings held in Zoom. All meeting dates and times have been preset by OFE based on what time slots have been most popular in the past; you just need to sign up for the schedule that best suits you:

  • Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.: Sept. 27, Oct. 11*, Oct. 25
  • Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 8
  • Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m.: Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 8
  • Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.: Sept. 27, Oct. 11*, Oct. 25
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26
  • Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.: Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 9
  • Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.: Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 10
  • Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27
  • Thursdays, 2:00 p.m.: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27
  • Thursdays, 3:00 p.m.: Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 10
*Please note that Oct. 11 is during Fall Break.

You will be matched with a Reading Circle and receive Google Calendar invitations to your Circle’s three Zoom meetings. You will need an internet-capable device that has at least a microphone, and ideally has a camera (smartphone, tablet, laptop) in order to attend virtual, synchronous sessions via Zoom.

If you have further questions, please contact us at faculty-excellence@ncsu.edu.

How do I get my book?

What Teaching Looks Like by Cassandra Volpe Horii and Martin Springborg is an open access book with photographs  and is free to download by clicking the link.

Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom by Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy is available as a paper book (provided at no cost by OFE).

If you choose Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom, please provide your mailing address when filling out the registration form. OFE will mail your book to any address, but books mailed to an NC State Campus Box will likely arrive quicker.

What is expected of participants?

All registered participants agree to

  1. attend reading circle meetings;
  2. contribute to discussions;
  3. take a turn leading their reading circle in a form of shared leadership; and
  4. complete an evaluation of the experience.

All virtual participants also agree to using an internet-capable device that has at least a microphone, and ideally has a camera (smartphone, tablet, laptop) in order to attend virtual sessions via Zoom.

Can I recommend a book for future Reading Circles?

Yes, please use this Google form to send in suggested books.