Kennesaw State University

Book Club

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Book Club
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CETL House #3211: Lab

Angela Duckworth has spent many years studying what predicts high levels of success. She has found that those among us who reach the highest levels of achievement demonstrate over time a combination of interest, practice, purpose and hope - or what she terms "grit." Gritty people focus on one thing and continue in the face of adversity. They may get disappointed, but do not remain so for long. They continue to practice despite setbacks because they are not only interested but also find meaning in what they do. Join us for a discussion of how we can apply her findings to the context of academia and how we as faculty, and our students, can increase our grit to achieve our immediate goals and greater purpose.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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Book Club
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CETL House #3211: Lab

Join us for a discussion of ways to improve student learning and engagement through High-Impact Practices (HIPs), managing high expectations for students, and focusing on improvement and alignment of learning experiences, with the goal of achieving excellence in undergraduate education.

Part Time Faculty Note: This workshop is uncompensated. Part-time faculty who participate will not be compensated but should still enter participation hours in the time management system.

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Monday, October 10, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
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Book Club
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CETL House #3211: Lab

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to get so much done while others seem to work harder and accomplish less? In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer-prize winning author, Charles Duhigg examines the science behind habit formation and reveals how you can apply this information to create productive habits that will help you transform your career and your life!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Book Club
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CETL House #3211: Lab

Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber argue in The Slow Professor (2016) that "In the corporate university, power is transferred from faculty to managers, economic justifications dominate, and the familiar 'bottom line' eclipses pedagogical and intellectual concerns. Slow Professors advocate deliberation over acceleration. We need time to think, and so do our students. Time for reflection and open-ended inquiry is not a luxury but is crucial to what we do." (p.x) They suggest that in taking the slow approach to teaching, we must shift our focus from impact to pleasure, because "it may be that pleasure -- experienced by the instructor and the students" is the most important predictor of 'learning outcomes.'" (p.36).

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
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Book Club
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CETL House 3211

This book club, focused on Carol Dweck's book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," will help you explore growth mindset in different aspects of your life. Be inspired to "flip your mindset" in this book club.

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Book Club
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Academic Building (H) - Room 202

Late career facuty often find themselves uniquely situated between conflicting sentiments. On the one hand they have a sense of pride in the accomplishments of a long career and a sense of community with colleagues and students. On the other hand they are faced with uncertainty as the ground shifts beneath them -- with university consolidation, ever-evolving trends in teaching and scholarship, and retirement on the not-too-distant horizon. Is this a time for teaching innovation, legacy--building, preparing to launch into a new adventure, or simply waiting it out? This book club will seek to build community among late career faculty as we discuss Susan Robison's framework for navigating this phase, outlined in The Peak Performing Professor.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Book Club
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CETL House 3211

Late career facuty often find themselves uniquely situated between conflicting sentiments. On the one hand they have a sense of pride in the accomplishments of a long career and a sense of community with colleagues and students. On the other hand they are faced with uncertainty as the ground shifts beneath them -- with university consolidation, ever-evolving trends in teaching and scholarship, and retirement on the not-too-distant horizon. Is this a time for teaching innovation, legacy--building, preparing to launch into a new adventure, or simply waiting it out? This book club will seek to build community among late career faculty as we discuss Susan Robison's framework for navigating this phase, outlined in The Peak Performing Professor.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Book Club
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CETL House 3211

Do you ever feel like an imposter in the classroom? If so, you are not alone! In fact, the Imposter Syndrome is very common among faculty, particularly in the classroom setting. This book club will discuss The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why capable people suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and how to thrive in spite of it, by Valerie Young, Ed.D. Join us to discuss how the bookÕs findings and recommendations apply in the context of teaching and other aspects of academia. All are welcome to attend.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
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Book Club
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CETL House 3211

As part-time instructors, we sometimes need courage (and encouragement) to keep us going. "This book is for teachers who have good days and bad, and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." - Parker J. Palmer (introduction)
Please join me as we discuss how Palmer's book can be applied in our everyday lives as part-time faculty members.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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Book Club
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CETL House 3211

In their recent book Contemplative Practices in Higher Education, Barbezat and Bush offer innovative methods and resources designed to place students at the center of their own learning. The authors describe research-based, practical, and holistic approaches to education. Discussing this 'breakthrough book' in the field of contemplative studies, participants will benefit from considering how to integrate contemplative practices into their classrooms and their philosophy of teaching. This book speaks to educators interested in improving student learning and well being.

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