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

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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. 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.

Current Read

The Graduate Student Postdoc Reading Community (GSPD RC) discussion this fall will focus on chapters from the newly revised and updated Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, which draws on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines and translates these findings into productive, evidence-based “micro” teaching practices that can energize and enhance your teaching, but require little additional preparation and grading.

Books Used in Prior Semesters

Fall 2019: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang
Spring 2020: How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching by Josh Eyler
Fall 2020: Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching by Derek Bruff
Spring 2021: Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It by James Lang

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