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Book Club

Clubs are scheduled for fall and spring terms, beginning in September. Faculty and staff members can sign up for one club and must commit to reading assigned pages and participating in weekly discussions over a 4 – 6 week period. The Lucas Center provides a copy of the book for participants to keep.

 Fall 2015

When Race Breaks Out

When Race Breaks Out:  Conversations about Race and Racism in College Classrooms by Helen Fox
When Race Breaks Out is a guide for instructors who want to promote more honest and informed conversations about race and racism. Based on the author's personal practice and interviews with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, this book combines personal memoirs, advice, teaching ideas and lively stories from college classrooms. An update annotated bibliography of over 225 articles, books, and videos with recommendations for classroom use is included.
Discussion facilitated by:  Belinda Bruster
Dates and Time:  Mondays from 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Sept 14, Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5
Location:  LIB 212
                                             Registration Deadline:  08/28/15


Teaching Unprepared StudentsTeaching Unprepared Students:  Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education by Kathleen F. Gabriel and Sandra M. Flake
This book provides professors with techniques and approaches they can use in class to help at-risk students raise their skills so that they can successfully complete their studies. Gabriel and Falke share proven practices that will not only engage all students in a class, but also create the conditions to enable at-risk and underprepared students to develop academically and graduate with good grades.
Discussion facilitated by:  Ali Barbosa
Dates and Time:  Mondays from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Sept 14, Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5  
Location:  LIB 212
Registration Deadline: 08/28/15
Make it Stick
Make it Stick:  The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry I. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel
Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. Make It Stick presents a compelling case for why we are attracted to the wrong strategies for learning and teaching and what we can do to remedy these approaches.
Discussion facilitated by:  Laura Frost
Dates and Times:  Mondays from 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Sept. 14, Sept 28, Oct 19, Nov 2
Location:  LIB 212
Registration Deadline:  08/28/15

Minds on Fire
Minds on Fire:  How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes
In Minds on Fire, Carnes shows how role-immersion games channel students' competitive impulses into transformative learning experiences. Carnes presents a provocative critique of educational reformers who deplored role-playing pedagogies from Plato to Dewey to Erikson.
Discussion facilitated by:  Eric Otto
Dates and Times:  Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 PM
Sept 1, Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22
Location:  LIB 212
Registration Deadline:  08/28/15

Learner Centered Teaching
Learner Centered Teaching:  Five Key Changes to Practice (2nd ed)
 by Maryellen Weimer.  
In this new edition, one of the nation's most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching offers a comprehensive introduction to the topic of learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom, including the most up-to date examples of practice in action from a variety of disciplines, an entirely new chapter on the research support for learner-centered approaches, and a more in-depth discussion of how student's developmental issues impact the effectiveness of learner-centered teaching.
Discussion facilitated by:  Pam Nulman
Dates and Times:  Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29
Location:  LIB 212
                                             Registration Deadline:  08/28/15
Intro to RubricsIntroduction to Rubrics:  An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback, and Promote Student Learning  by Dannelle D. Stevens and Antonia J. Levi
Based upon their extensive experience, and drawing on a wide variety of examples of rubric use by faculty across institutions and disciplines, the authors clearly and insightfully present the value of rubrics, the process of developing rubrics and using them, and their usefulness for faculty, and for improving student learning. The book focuses on rubrics but offers a great deal of advice about good teaching, good collaboration, and good assessment.
Discussion facilitated by:  Elspeth McCulloch
Dates and Times:  Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Sept 1, Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29
Location:  LIB 212
                                             Registration Deadline:  08/28/15

The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers
One Book, One Campus 2015
In The Circle, Eggers raises timely questions about transparency, privacy, democracy, and the sinister side of the Internet. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Discussion facilitated by:  Brandon Hollingshead and Maria Roca
Date and Time:  Friday, October 16th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location:  LIB 212
Registration Deadline:  08/28/15

 Previous Book Clubs 

Spring 2015

Brain Rules

Brain Rules by John Medina

In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives

Discussion facilitated by:  Laura Frost
Dates and Time:  January 26th, February 23rd, March 30th, April 27th
LIB 212
Registration Deadline:  01/05/2015



 Fall 2014


Teaching with Your Mouth ShutSkillful TeacherWhat Our Stories Teach Us


 Learner CenteredHow the Brain LearnsOutcasts United 

Spring 2014

 How the Brain Learns








Fall 2013

Half a Life

ECO literate

Learner-centered teaching











Fall 2012

Courage to Teach

Inspired College Teaching

Teaching for Critical Thinking










 Fall 2011

Classroom Assessment TechniquesLearner Centered Edition 1

What the Best College Teachers DoTeaching Unprepared Students  

Straight Man











Fall 2010

What the Best College Teachers