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Book Clubs


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 every discussion. The Lucas Center provides a copy of the book for participants to keep.

Spring 2018

Intersectionality in Action: A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions
by Brooke Barnett and Peter Felten

This book offers models for institutions to move intentionally toward intersections – of study abroad and multiculturalism, of race and gender and religion, and of other essential aspects of our educational programs and our students’ identities – to open doors to new possibilities that better prepare our students for life in a diverse world, and that allow our institutions to become more efficient and effective as we strive to not simply do things better in our own separate spheres, but to do better things by working together across difference.

Thursdays from 1 PM - 2 PM
Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 12
Life Beyond Grades: Designing College Courses to Promote Intrinsic Motivation 
by Martin Covington, Linda von Hoene, and Dominic Voge  

This book raises the question of whether or not educators can promote intrinsic motivation among college students when they seem overwhelmingly focused on grades. Indeed, can there be life beyond grades? The answer is 'Yes'. A love of learning can coexist, even thrive, in the face of competing pressures from grades. Drawing on recent, ground-breaking classroom research, the authors articulate a new understanding of the causes of the stalemate between intrinsic and external motivation, so that a reconciliation between them can be achieved. Then the authors apply a powerful set of motivational and pedagogical principles to lay out a step-by-step blueprint for designing and teaching college courses that promote intrinsic motivation as a primary educational goal in its own right, above and beyond knowledge and skill acquisition. This practical blueprint draws on authentic case study examples from a variety of subject-matter disciplines.

Mondays from 2 - 3 PM
Jan. 29, Feb. 19, Mar. 12, Apr. 9
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.  
Wednesdays from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, Mar. 14, Mar. 28, Apr. 11
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
by James M. Lang
In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques. Each chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive theory, explains when and how it should be employed, and provides firm examples of how the intervention has been or could be used in a variety of disciplines.
Tuesdays from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 27
Smarter, Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity
by Charles Duhig
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.
Mondays from 1 PM - 2 PM
Feb. 5, Feb. 26, Mar. 19
Academic Transformation: A Design Approach for the New Majority
by Eric Malm, Marguerite Weber
Much of higher education was originally designed to meet the needs of full time 18-22 year-old students who enter directly from high school. However, the New Majority of our students are older, likely to swirl among institutions, and have significant adult responsibilities outside of the classroom. Academic Transformation: A Design Approach for the New Majority is a call to transform colleges and universities to meet the academic and student experience needs of New Majority students and for adult educators to become advocates, allies, and resources for needed reforms.
Thursdays from 2 - 3 PM
Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Apr. 19
Registration is now closed. Check back in Fall 2018!


Previous Book Clubs 

Fall 2017
smarter faster better
discussion as a way of teaching
enriching the brain








my life as a foreign country

facilitating seven ways of learning

small teaching











far from the tree



Spring 2017
beyond the skills gap   Thinking Fast and Slow       GRIT Book Club  

Fall 2016
fall 2016 book clubs

Spring 2016
Learner Centered Teaching
generation z







Fall 2015

fall 15 books

Spring 2015

Brain Rules



 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