Pedagogical Reading Groups

Each term we pick one or two books to read and meet to discuss our thoughts, reactions, and how the reading influenced our own teaching. All participants who commit to regular participation in the group receive their own copy of the book. Graduate students, postdocs, sessional instructors, librarians, staff, and faculty are all welcome to join!

Reading groups are offered during the fall, winter and summer terms.

To vote on the books we will read and to register your interest in joining the group, please complete the UTM pedagogical reading group form by Friday, September 29th.


Past Reading Groups

We began facilitating reading groups in 2018 as a way to build relationships across departments at UTM. Below is a running list of all the books we have read in pedagogical reading groups. We look forward to expanding this list! If you have suggestions for future pedagogical reading group books, please share them with us.

  • 99 Tips to Creating Sustainable Online Videos by Karen Costa
  • Academic Ableism: Disability And Higher Education by Jay Dolmage
  • Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students edited by Benita Bunjun
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Creating Engaging Discussions by Jennifer H. Herman
  • Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit by Marie Battiste
  • Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need by Sasha Costanza-Chock
  • Distracted by James Lang
  • Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom by John Bean
  • Equity-centered Trauma-informed Education by Alex Shervin Venet
  • Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach To Saving The University by Kathleen Fitzpatrick
  • Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers by Jessamyn Neuhaus
  • How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching by Joshua Eyler
  • How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose and Michael W. Bridges
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
  • Kandassowin 2nd Edition, How We Come to Know: Indigenous Re-Search Methodologies by Kathleen Absolon
  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger III & Mark McDaniel
  • On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life by Sara Ahmed
  • Online Teaching at Its Best by Linda Nilson and Ludwika Goodson
  • Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by by Kevin M. Gannon
  • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning by Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling
  • Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby
  • Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang
  • So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Specifications Grading by Linda B. Nilson
  • Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
  • The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning by James Zull
  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life by Parker J. Palmer
  • Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) edited by Susan D. Blum
  • What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain