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

Associate Director for Faculty Programs and Services, 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. 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

Connected Teaching CoverThe GSPD RC discussions this spring will involve chapters from Harriet Schwartz’s recent book, Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education. In this book, Schwartz argues for “connected teaching,” teaching which is founded upon relationships built between instructors and their students. Informed by Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) and drawing on empirical and established theoretical literature from teaching and psychology, as well as leadership and organizational studies, Schwartz provides both theoretical backing and practical suggestions for understanding teaching as a relational practice.

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
August 2021: What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching by Addy et al.
Fall 2021: Small Teaching: Every Day Lessons from the Science of Learning (Second Edition) by James Lang

For questions about the GSPD Reading Community, please contact Dr. Meg Gregory at