Reading/Discussion Groups During January Term: Sign-up now

Monday, December 13, 2010 (Around 4 years ago)

Reading Group 1: The Heart of Higher Education All faculty and staff and are invited to join a reading/discussion group during January, of Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc’s new book, The Heart of Higher Education: A Call To Renewal. Co-sponsored by the new Center for Servant-Leadership and the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and facilitated by Carolyn O’Grady and Chris Johnson, the group will meet each Wednesday throughout the month at 3:30 in the Faculty-Staff Center. Books and refreshments will be provided. Faculty, please contact Cathy in the Kendall Center (cblaukat); staff and administrators, please contact Amy in the CVR (apehrson) to reserve your copy.

The book discusses integrative education, a model of liberal-arts learning that “engages students in the systematic exploration of the relationship between their studies of the ‘objective’ world and the purpose,meaning, limits, and aspirations of their lives.” Palmer, master educator and author of several books including The Courage to Teach, and Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College and director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, advocate a holistic approach to teaching and learning that honors the whole human being. They offer analysis, theory, and action plans and models to help colleges and universities become places that awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff.

Reading Group 2: Teaching at its Best: A research-based resource for college instructors Looking to add to your “teaching toolbox”? Faculty are invited to participate in a discussion of “Teaching at its Best: A research-based resource for college instructors”, a recently-revised handbook for faculty by Dr. Linda B. Nilson (Clemson University). Discussions of participant-selected sections of the handbook will be facilitated by Jen Ackil (psychology) and Margaret Bloch Qazi (Kendall Center & biology) each Thursday at 3:30 pm in the Faculty-Staff Lounge. Books will be provided to the first ten individuals to register. To reserve a place and receive a handbook, please register with Cathy Blaukat ( by Wednesday, 22 December.

Text Description: The third edition of the best-selling handbook offers faculty at all levels an essential toolbox of hundreds of practical teaching techniques, formats, classroom activities, and exercises, all of which can be implemented immediately. This thoroughly revised edition includes the newest portrait of the Millennial student; current research from cognitive psychology; a focus on outcomes maps; the latest legal options on copyright issues; and how to best use new technology including wikis, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts, and clickers. Entirely new chapters include subjects such as matching teaching methods with learning outcomes, inquiry-guided learning, and using visuals to teach, and new sections address Felder and Silverman’s Index of Learning Styles, SCALE-UP classrooms, multiple true-false test items, and much more. (from, accessed 8 Dec 2010)

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