GSPD Reading Community


Cross-disciplinary conversations on critical topics in teaching and learning, revolving around a semester's chosen pedagogy book.

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Meg Gregory

Senior Assistant Director, Educational Development

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Open to graduate students in their third year or beyond and postdocs, the Graduate Student and Postdoc (GSPD) Reading Community is an opportunity to join Center for Teaching and Learning staff for sustained cross-disciplinary conversation on critical topics in teaching and learning. Each GSPD Reading Community meeting revolves around a book chapter from the semester’s chosen pedagogy book.

The GSPD Reading Community discussion for Spring 2020 will involve chapters from Josh Eyler’s book, How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching, which draws on recent discoveries in developmental psychology, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, and other disciplines for insight into the science behind learning. The text highlights five broad themes running through recent scientific inquiry: curiosity, sociality, emotion, authenticity, and failure and provides practical, evidence-based strategies that respond to what we know about how humans learn best.

Participants who commit to attending all five sessions will receive a copy of the book, along with executive summaries of relevant chapters. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides refreshments and snacks for each meeting.

Advanced registration for this reading community is required and registration is limited. Priority admittance is given to those who have completed or are currently pursuing levels of the The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Professional Development in Teaching Program.

Books Used in Previous Semesters
Fall 2019: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang

For questions about the GSPD Reading Community, please contact Dr. Meg Gregory, Assistant Director, The Center for Teaching and Learning, at