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Faculty Reading Group—Pedagogy Focus

Announcing the 2018–19 Faculty Reading Group—Pedagogy Focus

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Faculty Reading Group—Pedagogy Focus book poll. The results are in, and we are pleased to announce that we will be offering two book group opportunities for faculty during the 2018–19 academic year:

The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal (by Parker Palmer)

Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Learning, Presenting, and Engaging Students (by Norman Eng)

These reading groups are ongoing, informal, cross-disciplinary gatherings of Butler teaching faculty who meet to discuss their subjective interpretations of a variety of books related to teaching and learning. Each reading group will focus on one book and will run through the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. Faculty who agree to participate by reading the book and attending the discussion meetings will be provided with a complimentary copy of the book they select.

All Butler teaching faculty are welcome to participate; however, the individuals reading each book will be placed into groups of 6–10 to better facilitate discussion. Multiple groups will, therefore, discuss the same books concurrently. Groups will be determined prior to the book distributions, though reading groups will be self-directed and self-facilitated, and no deliverable is expected.

Participants are expected to hold approximately five discussion meetings by the end of the spring 2019 semester, which will be scheduled by the members of the reading group. Participants also may be asked to provide feedback on the structure and process of the reading group.

The 2018–19 reading groups will begin on Friday, October 19, with a brief kick-off meeting at 2:00 PM in Jordan Hall 236. During this meeting, copies of the books will be distributed and participants will meet each other and schedule their first discussion meeting.

To register, complete the prompts linked here. The deadline for registering to participate is 5:00 PM, Friday, September 28, 2018.

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