Pedagogy Reading Groups

The CTE organizes occasional reading groups open to instructors interested in delving into a particular author’s work or into a timely pedagogical text. Meetings are informal and are meant to provide an opportunity to share reactions, questions, and thoughts about how to implement the principles introduced in the reading.

Facilitated by CTE staff, these groups provide instructors the opportunity to connect across disciplines about a range of teaching topics. Past participants have mentioned “the diversity of the group - in terms of field, experience, and class type” and the “free-form conversation” as some of the benefits of the program.

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Spring 2022 Graduate & Postdoctoral Reading Group

Boston College graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to join us to discuss the book Small Teaching in the CTE’s Innovation Lab (O’Neill 250). Meetings will be held on four Thursdays: 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, & 3/31 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Participants who can commit to attending all four meetings will be able to pick up a copy of the book.

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Spring 2022 Faculty Reading Group

The CTE & Intersections are co-sponsoring a faculty reading group on Becoming a White Antiracist by Stephen Brookfield and Mary Hess. While the text has a special interest in supporting white people who are helping other white people develop antiracist identities, we believe faculty with myriad interests could benefit from the text. Part-time as well as full-time faculty are welcome to participate.

We invite into this conversation faculty who are interested in exploring how antiracist work can protect student wellbeing and support student learning. We also invite faculty who are interested in reckoning with—and taking part in redirecting—higher education's exclusionary history. As intellectuals who take part in forming our understanding of the world through their scholarship and as teachers who have some responsibility for the intellectual, social, and moral formation of students, faculty have access to overlapping spheres of influence. Through reading, communal sharing, goal setting, and collective accountability, this program aims to support faculty as they experiment with how to leverage their influence. We welcome faculty to bring their most pressing concerns for their work at BC into our conversation, whether that’s about teaching, department- or school-wide initiatives, mentoring, scholarship, or something else.

As the title states, this book and reading group are primarily aimed at supporting white people in taking responsibility for participating in the dismantling of white supremacy. While not the core audience, BIPOC faculty are welcome to join the group if they are interested in doing so. Please contact Kim Humphrey with any questions. 

The group will meet seven times over the course of the semester. Participants will receive a copy of the book and $500 stipends.