Which of these Top 10 Books on Teaching would you most like to read?

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Thank you, James M. Lang, for a convenient Top 10 list posted in this week’s Chronicle.  Hard to disagree with this statement:

I firmly believe that if every teaching faculty member could carve out the time to read one or two great books on teaching and learning every year, we would collectively serve our students much better than we do already.

Many of us read Ken Bain’s book (#1) as part of Faculty Center reading groups a few years ago, and How Learning Works (#3) was the text for a Faculty Center reading group this spring. What looks good to you for some fall reading group selections?

February Virtual Faculty Roundtable

Greetings, all! Welcome to our new Faculty Center blog. I hope it will provide a nice forum for many issues facing faculty at CSU.

The calendar seems to fill up as fast as I can schedule Roundtable meetings, so I thought I’d try a “virtual” conversation this month. Our topic is prompted by a call from on high (the USG system office): in our statewide effort to help more students finish college, can faculty identify institutional and system-wide policies that hinder students’ progress? Let’s call it, When policies and progression collide.

When students run off the rails, could faculty have helped to avert the disaster? How so?

What kinds of tough calls do you find yourself making in the classroom or as an advisor?

What support could you use to face the challenges of keeping students moving productively toward graduation?

Thanks for giving this some thought. Looking forward to hearing your comments,

Susan Hrach, Director of the Faculty Center