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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Note: We are pausing the GSPD Reading Community for Fall 2023. Please check back with us next semester.


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. 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 when it meets in person and not online.

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.

Spring 2023

Book cover for InclusiveTeaching

The GSPD Reading Community discussions in Spring 2023 will involve chapters from Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy’s recent book, Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom. In this book, Hogan and Sathy summarize and translate empirical research on inclusive and equitable teaching into concrete, actionable strategies to support all student learners. They offer highly-portable strategies related to course design and structure, the first days of the semester, the wider learning environment, and student-instructor interactions.

Books Used in Prior Semesters

Fall 2022: Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College by Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert
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

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