It is always easier to read the books you feel you SHOULD and WANT to read if they are sitting beside you. Plus, GOOD PEOPLE to DISCUSS them with helps. We have curated a short list of some MUST-READS for those interested in teaching and learning, and provide at easy way to gather.


How Does it Work? Pick a book from the list below. Gather with colleagues. Enjoy the discussion. We give you the book for free and provide easy ways to structure your gatherings.

Deadline? Requests to join accepted until supplies run out or the end of Spring term.

Deliverables: None  What's the Catch? None. Start when it works best and aim to finish by the end of summer.

Gathering Options: Asynchronous. Synchronous in person. Synchronous on zoom.

Frequency of Gatherings: Determined by group.

The Process: Groups can range from 3 - 5 faculty (tenure-track or fixed term), graduate students, or staff associated with teaching and learning.

  • Route 1: Get 2 - 4 colleagues/friends to agree to read the same book as you and complete one request.
  • Route 2: Specify your preferences in your request and we will pair you with others interested in the same book.

Our goal is to provide a guilt-free way to motivate your thinking about teaching, make new pedagogically-inclined friends, or gather with old ones. We would love to hear about your experiences and will provide avenues to share reflections, takeaways, and insights, but the book is yours regardless of your participation level. We trust in your self-regulation and know how valuable flexibility is during these pandemic times.


Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to be Effective Teachers

Jessamyn Neuhaus

Remembering and Forgetting in the Age of Technology

Michelle D. Miller

Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It

James M. Lang

Missing Course: Everything They Never Taught You About College Teaching

David Gooblar

Ungrading: Why Grading Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)

Susan D. Blum

The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

Sarah Rose Cavanaugh