Faculty Reading Group

Faculty Reading Groups

Faculty reading groups help connect KSU educators interested in building community and developing their teaching through cross-disciplinary conversations. Monthly reading groups will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful conversations on topics related to teaching, professional development, and trends in higher education. This reading group is primarily intended for Kent State faculty (full or part time); other members of the community are welcome if space is available. Please register to attend by Friday, Sept. 16th, 2022. To facilitate interaction, this reading group will be offered in two formats: Mondays are in person at the Center for Teaching & Learning (rm 141) and Tuesdays are remote via Teams.  

Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), Edited by Susan D. Blum, 2020, West Virginia University Press. 

Cover of book titled "Ungrading" by Susan D. Blum
Have you spent hours grading papers, projects, and exams? Ever wonder if there might be another way forward? Ungrading is about critically rethinking what has been assumed to be the best way to assess students. Based on rigorous and replicated research, ungrading is a set of practices that explore questions around the focus on assessment and instead puts learning back at the center of higher education. Individual copies of the book will be loaned to each faculty member for the duration of the Reading Group. Facilitator: Michelle Corvette, Ph.D.2, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning. 

We will read a few chapters at a time for each discussion, as well as engage with short videos and articles around the topic. Participants only need to attend one day and may alter days as needed to accommodate schedules: 

Monday, Sept. 19th (in-person); Tuesday, Sept. 20th (Teams) 

Monday, Oct. 17th (in-person); Tuesday, Oct. 18th (Teams) 

Monday, Nov. 7th (in-person), Tuesday, Nov. 8th (Teams) 

Monday, Nov. 28th (in-person), Tuesday, Nov. 29th (Teams) 


Register for the Fall 2022 Faculty Reading Group