Center for Faculty Innovation

Read and Dialogue: Teaching and Learning Lit (Online Reading Group)

Fri, 3 Dec 2021 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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There is a lot of literature out there related to teaching and learning. We have so many resources and research to support us as educators, but it can be so hard to make time for it all, even in our own disciplines, amidst all of our other responsibilities and interests (as well as, of course, an ongoing pandemic)! This reading group will meet just once, for 75 minutes, to discuss together a short selection from this vast literature.

For this session, we will focus on a recent piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education (to which we all have access through Libraries) called “The Damaging Myth of the Natural Teacher.

We will spend our time discussing how relevant the ideas are to our current context, how we might apply them to our own teaching, what questions or critiques we have about the claims and conclusions, and anything else the group wants to explore in the time allotted. This group is intentionally designed to require very little time commitment, given the burnout and exhaustion that we recognize everyone is feeling these days.

Once you register for this program, we will send link(s) and/or PDF(s) of the pieces for easy access. (The earlier you sign up, the sooner you’ll get the resources!)

Facilitator: Emily O. Gravett, CFI, and Philosophy & Religion

Faculty participants will make progress toward this program outcome:

  • Identifying how teaching is an improvable skill.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning—as a significant higher education endeavor , and
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship and teaching.


For more readings and resources about teaching available at JMU, check out the following guide (and feel free to make suggestions!):


Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)568-4858.

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