Faculty Reading Community


Sustained cross-disciplinary conversation for faculty on critical topics in teaching and learning.

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Rick Moore, PhD

Assistant Director for Assessment and Evaluation

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Open to all full time faculty, the Faculty Reading Community (FRC) is an opportunity to join Center for Teaching and Learning Educational Development staff for sustained cross-disciplinary conversation on critical topics in teaching and learning. Participants engage in pedagogical conversation revolving around a chapter or group of chapters from a recently published book on teaching and learning. Books are chosen for a combination of their practical advice, evidence-based strategies, and wide applicability to a variety of disciplines. When the FRC meets in person, the CTL provides refreshments and snacks. Advanced registration for this reading community is required and registration is limited each semester.

Spring 2024 Book

Registration for the Spring 2024 reading community is now open!

Cover of the book Grading for Growth, showing a white pot with a small green plant starting to grow in itJoin fellow faculty and CTL staff for sustained cross-disciplinary conversation on critical topics in teaching and learning.

The Faculty Reading Community discussions in Spring 2024 will involve chapters from David Clark and Robert Talbert’s recent book, Grading for Growth: A Guide to Alternative Grading Practices That Promote Authentic Learning and Student Engagement in Higher Education. This book is a practical how-to guide to get started with a variety of alternative grading techniques. It covers the basics of alternative grading and has chapters dedicated to standards-based grading (aka mastery grading), specifications grading, alternative grading in large courses, and more.

Participants are required to attend 4 of 5 meetings. Faculty will receive a copy of the book courtesy of the CTL. Seats are limited.

Meeting Mode: This semester’s faculty reading community will meet in person on the Danforth campus. 

Meetings will be from noon-12:50pm on the following Thursdays:

  • Feb 8: Chapters 1-2 (What This Book is About and Why We Grade)
  • Feb 22: Chapters 3-4 (Framework for Alternative Grading and Does Alternative Grading Work)
  • March 7: Chapters 5-6 (Standards-based Grading and Specifications Grading)
  • March 28: Chapters 7-10 (Focus on chapters most useful to you: Hybrid Systems, Large Classes, Lab Classes, Partial Conversions)
  • April 11: Chapters 11-13 (Workbook for Alternative Grading, How To Do It, and What’s Next)

The reading community will be co-facilitated by Rick Moore, along with faculty members Amy Heath-Carpentier and Zack Bowersox.

For questions about the Faculty Reading Community, please contact Dr. Rick Moore at

Books Used in Prior Semesters

  • Spring 2023: Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom by Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy
  • Fall 2022: Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College by Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert
  • July 2022: Promoting Inclusive Classroom Dynamics in Higher Education: A Research-Based Pedagogical Guide for Faculty by Kathryn C. Oleson
  • Spring 2022: Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education by Harriot Schwartz
  • Fall 2021: Small Teaching: Every Day Lessons from the Science of Learning (Second Edition) by James Lang
  • August 2021: What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching by Addy et al.
  • Spring 2021: Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It by James Lang
  • Fall 2020: Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching by Derek Bruff
  • Spring 2020:How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching by Josh Eyler
  • Fall 2019: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang
  • Spring 2019: Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel


For more information on the Faculty Reading Community or to suggest a book, please contact the CTL at