Book Clubs

Fall 2022 Sponsored Book Clubs

CFE Sponsored Communities are book clubs and learning communities lead by members of the BGSU Teaching Community who are not associated with the CFE. The CFE sponsors these communities by providing logistical and advertising support to promote engagement across campus. 

Looking for fresh teaching ideas that are both research-backed and student-endorsed? Craving a forum to share best practices and expand your community? Join us in reading, "Keeping Us Engaged: Student Perspectives (and Research-Based Strategies) on What Works and Why" by Christine Harrington. We will meet once each month in person; a Zoom link will also be provided for those wishing to join virtually.

Short Amazon description: "This book offers faculty practical strategies to engage students that are research-grounded and endorsed by students themselves. Through student stories, a signature feature of this book, readers will discover why professor actions result in changed attitudes, stronger connections to others and the course material, and increased learning."

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify five student engagement techniques that could be easily and appropriately incorporated into one of your courses.
  2. Prepare three activities for use in your classroom
  3. Implement at least one student engagement activity in your class


  • Limited to 10 people
  • First come, first serve registration basis 
  • Open to all members of the BGSU Teaching Community
  • All participants will receive a free copy of the book

Schedule TBD/Hybrid


Jonathan Kershaw

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Book Club: "Keeping Us Engaged"
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In this book club we will be reading "Body Work" by Melissa Febos and will be discussing theimportance of personal narrative as teachers and in our classrooms. This book focuses on not only how to begin writing one's own personal narrative, but why it is important as educators. We will also be discussing how this can relate to all fields of academia and how it can make us stronger writers, researchers, and teachers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To inspire intellectual and personal growth by discussing the importance of one's personal narrative in and outside of the classroom.
  2. To harbor diversity and belonging by discussing one's own positionality in the classroom, their research and writing, and passing this knowledge along to one's students.
  3. To administer collaboration among faculty of all types while discussing Melissa Febos' "Body Work" and discussing the importance of personal narrative.


  • Limited to 10 people
  • First come, first serve registration basis 
  • Open to all members of the BGSU Teaching Community
  • All participants will receive a free copy of the book

Schedule TBD/Hybrid

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Michelle Bellman

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Book Club: "Body Work"
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Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms (Preparing Learners for their future)

Book club will meet every Thursday from 12:00-1:00PM on Zoom, starting on March 17th and running to April 28th. Open to all faculty, adjunct instructors, staff, and graduate students. The first 20 participants to register will receive a free copy of the book.

The world has and continues to change in ways that are difficult to predict. Regardless of the forces at hand educators play a pivotal role in preparing students for success now and in the future. Eric Sheninger makes the compelling case that the best way to do this is to create a disruptive thinking culture in the classroom and beyond.

Further Details

Broken into four parts, this book combines stories, insight from thousands of school visits, practical strategies, research, and examples from classrooms to assist educators transform their practice. Each chapter ends with a “Disruptive Challenge” that encourages readers to actively apply concepts in their practice. Readers will develop and understanding that:

  • Disruptive change is the new normal. As such, our mindset and practice must evolve to future-proof learning in ways that help students develop meaningful competencies critical for success in an unpredictable world.
  • Comfort is the enemy of growth. We must critically evaluate if the way things have always been done in the classroom set learners up for success now and in the future. Improvement in all we do is a never-ended journey.
  • Learning is a process, not an event. It requires educators to develop and utilize instructional practices and pedagogical techniques that meet the unique needs of all students.
  • Outlier practices play a key role in the development of disruptive thinking. Some have increasing value while others do not. It is up to educators to find the right blend of these strategies to empower learners.

Packed with ready to use ideas and embedded resources including the latest digital tools, templates, and artifacts from real classrooms, readers will learn: 

  1. Why a mindset shift is essential in order to prepare learners for an unpredictable world.
  2. How to implement strategies that focus on developing critical competencies.
  3. How to ensure equity through personalization.
  4. What to reflect on to improve and build powerful relationships.

Structure will be the Disruptive challenge at the end of each chapter as well as open discussions.

Disruptive Thinking Book

Dr. Robyn Miller, Ph.D

  • Position: Associate Teaching Professor, School of Teaching & Learning
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Dr. Allison Goedde, Ph.D

  • Position: Teaching Professor/Classroom Technology Program Coordinator, School of Teaching and Learning
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Updated: 08/02/2022 09:02AM