The Office of Faculty Affairs is establishing a pilot program to support discussion groups. This provides faculty with an opportunity to engage and explore topics in-depth with colleagues from across campus. Each group will be organized around a specific topic or particular book. Discussion groups will consist of 8-16 members, and will meet either once a week for a 4-5 week period or once a month for the semester. In order to facilitate discussion by all members, groups will be limited in size and faculty will make application to be part of a group. Where funding permits, each participant will receive a book in exchange for the commitment to read it, meet regularly, and discuss it actively in the group and agree to read a certain amount for each meeting.
For this year there will be three groups organized around the following topics:
- "What the Best College Teachers Do" by Ken Bain
- Material Culture
- To be determined, faculty may recommend a topic or book for this group