Reading Circles

Fall 2018

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown 


Retrieval Practice website

Book Club on Flipgrid (password: makeitstick!)

Spring 2019

Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson

Schedule TBD

Spring 2018

You are What You Love by James K. A. Smith


Fall 2017

Small Teaching by James M. Lang


Note: James Lang presents the plenary talk at the annual ACCA symposium this year



Reading circles will form around a book nominated and voted on by interested faculty. Organized to meet every two-three weeks, meetings will be led by alternating faculty-participants. Books may address separate or overlapping issues such as faith, teaching, scholarship, and the liberal arts. Continuing faculty could also be invited to take part in the Faith and Learning seminar organized for new faculty as a reading circle.

Suggested titles:

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists
  • Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Brené Brown, Daring Greatly or Rising Strong
  • Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, The Slow Professor
  • Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
  • Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ
  • Willie James Jennings, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race
  • James M. Lang, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
  • Saundra Yancy McGuire andThomas Angelo, Teach Students How To Learn
  • Steven Sloman, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Along
  • James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit; Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation; or Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning
  • Susan Van Zanten, Joining the Mission (book used for new faculty orientation/seminar, in which continuing faculty would be welcome)
  • Jim Wallace, America’s Original Sin

Group members will receive one-page set of general guidelines and a calendar that they are free to follow or not!