Faculty Book Club

The Center for Faculty Excellence is excited to be offering two Faculty Book Clubs in Spring 2020.

Spring 2020 Faculty Book Club Options

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

Book Author: James M. Lang
Book Description (Excerpted from Amazon)“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.” Read more about the book.

Book Club Facilitator: Patrick Keegan, Assistant Professor of Education
Book Club Meeting Dates & Location: (Book Club participants expected to attend at least 2 sessions; hopefully all 3)

  • Tuesday, February 11 from 2:00-3:30pm in Westville (SWRZ 155)
  • Tuesday, March 10 from 2:00-3:30pm in Westville (SWRZ 155)
  • Tuesday, April 14 from 2:00-3:30pm in Westville (SWRZ 155)

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

Book Author: Sam Kean
Book Description (Summary by Wendy St. Jean, Book Club Facilitator)The book is full of stories about our connections to the physical world, and it is interdisciplinary, so faculty from many fields will find golden nuggets in it to bring back and share with their students. Each chapter is characterized as a theme: money, war, politics, medicine and others. Each theme derives from a cluster of elements in the periodic table. Kean explains how certain elements were found and how they relate to each other. Kean also presents the incredible stories of the people who discovered each element.Read more about the book.

Book Club Facilitator: Wendy St. Jean, Associate Professor of History
Book Club Meeting Dates & Location: (Book Club participants expected to attend at least 2 sessions; hopefully all 3)

  • Thursday, February 27 from 12:30-2:00pm in Hammond (Gyte 140)
  • Thursday, March 26 from 12:30-2:00pm in Hammond (Gyte 140)
  • Thursday, April 23 from 12:30-2:00pm in Hammond (Gyte 140)

Books Read in Previous Book Clubs