Faculty Development

Book Club

Fall 2019 Book Club Information

Do you ever feel like too much of your time is spent in a hurried blur of emails, meetings, and quick tasks? Do you want to be able to invest time focusing deeply on certain tasks without distraction? In the book “Deep Work(opens in new window),” author and professor, Cal Newport, shares strategies for cultivating a “deep work ethic” that can enhance focus so we can produce better results in less time.

If you’re interested in discussing these concepts, the Book Club will meet for one hour on four occasions this semester to discuss the implications of this book on our work as Chico State faculty. Reserve your spot(opens in new window) in the FA19 Book Club by Tuesday, 9/10. You’ll get the book for free and plenty of coffee and snacks at each gathering.

 Book cover of the book "Deep Work."

Spring 2019 Book Club Information

Chico State has experienced significant changes in student demographics in recent years. If you’re interested in joining a discussion about creating a welcoming and inclusive classroom for all students, apply to join(opens in new window) the Spring 2019 Book Club to discuss the concepts in The Culturally Inclusive Educator(opens in new window)You’ll get the book for free and plenty of coffee and snacks during our four 1-hour gatherings this semester.

The book cover of the Culturally Inclusive Educator.

The book offers evidence-based solutions to prepare teachers for a growing multi-cultural population in their classrooms. Rooted in social construction theory, the author offers guidance on overcoming both personal and institutional challenges to cultural inclusiveness (stereotype threats, microaggressions, implicit bias, critical race theory, privilege, social identity, etc.). Apply by 2/18 to reserve your spot!

Fall 2018 Book Club Information

Robots can vacuum your carpet, advise oncologists, and win Jeopardy! Joseph Aoun, author of “Robot-Proof” and current president of Northeastern University asks “How can higher education prepare students for their professional lives when professions themselves are disappearing?” Aoun proposes teaching students to invent, create, and discover so that they are able to contribute in ways that artificial intelligence cannot.

If you’re interested in joining this book club to discuss these ideas, fill out the application(opens in new window)! You’ll get a free book and plenty of coffee during our four 1-hour gatherings this fall.

The cover page of the book "Robot-Proof."

Spring 2018 Book Club Information

No matter how applicable, relevant, or even entertaining your teaching is, some students will not be engaged in class. Some are blatantly disengaged as they sit in the front row texting or even sleeping. Others go to the trouble of faking engagement by pretending to type lecture notes while checking Facebook. So, why are some students disengaged to the point of resisting learning? And what can you do to re-engage them so they can be successful in your class?
Book: Why Students resist Learning by Toman & KremlingIn their book, “Why students resist learning: A practical model for understanding and helping students,” Tolman and Kremling (2017) answer these questions and more. They posit that student resistance is less of an enduring trait and more of a temporary (and thus changeable) motivational state due to several factors. One factor, for example, is that students may resist learning if they see a professor as part of an oppressive system trying to force a point of view they do not accept. Resistance can also occur if a professor creates assignments or assessments without a rationale behind them. Many other variables can contribute to resistance including students’ past classroom experiences, cultural background, and institutional culture. The authors recommend innovative pedagogical changes (e.g. active-learning, team-based projects, inclusive pedagogy) rather than blaming students for their lack of engagement.
There is no compensation for participating though FDEV will provide a free book for you as well as coffee and snacks at each gathering. The book is pricey so participation is limited to the first 20 respondents.

To contact FDEV to join the Book Club, email FDEV@csuchico.edu(opens in new window).