Reading Groups

UCET periodically hosts reading groups were faculty and professional staff get together to discuss a book that impacts the learning environment. We will be starting a new book soon so be sure to check back for updates!

Fall 2013 Book: Teaching Naked by Jose Antonio Bowen. Please contact UCET ( if you are interested in participating, so we can find a good meeting time. The first four members will receive a free copy of the book!

Summary of Teaching Naked: "Technology is profoundly changing education. If students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty. Teaching Naked shows how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Jose Bown introduces a new way to think about learning and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension in education. Here he offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology, while restructuring classes into more active learning environments"

Bowen, José Antonio. Teaching Naked : How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. First edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint, 2012.

There are some wonderful books on teaching issues, but few of us have time to read them. Even if we make the time, it can be difficult to find a discussion partner. In past years, our circles have focused on several books--some classics and some classics-to-be. A limited number of free books will be available to the first people who commit to attending each circle. Circles will have a designated leader and will meet 3-5 times as they read the book.

The 2012-2013 Campus Theme was "Politics Everywhere! Civic Engagement From the Local to the Global."

 Book Discussions:

2012: "Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. A Guide to the Process, and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish" By Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler

2011: "The Meaning of Work"
  2010: "Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities" by Martha C. Nussbaum
  2009: "Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities" by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson
  2008: "Driving Change Through Diversity and Globalization: Transformative Leadership in the Academy" by James A. Anderson
  2007: "Cradle-to-Cradle" by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
  2006: "Strangers of the Academy: Asian Women Scholars in Higher Education"
  2006: "What the Best College Teachers Do" by Ken Bain

One Book One Campus Selections:

2012-13: "Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America" by Barbara Ehrenreich
2011-12: "The Post-American World"
  2010-11: "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx
  2009-10: "There are No Children Here"' by Alex Kotlowitz
  2008-09: "Origin of the Species" by Charles Darwin
  2007-08: The Selected Play "Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen
  2006-07: "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" by Anne Fadiman
  2005-06: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Phillip K. Dick