Reading About Teaching

The PDC's "Reading about Teaching" book discussions focus on teaching, learning and educational issues. Our selection touch upon a variety of topics, including innovating teaching techniques, learning processes, and changes in higher education. If there is a book you would like to recommend as a future reading, please email

Fall 2015 Book Selections: 


The Humanities, Higher Education & Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments

Humanities, Higher Education and Academic Freedom

 by Michael Berube and Jennifer Ruth

"This book is a lively, passionate defense of contemporary work in the humanities, and, beyond that, of the university system that makes such work possible. The book's stark accounts of academic labor, and its proposals for reform of the tenure system, are novel, controversial, and timely.

Very few people understand what has happened to the humanities, and to higher education more generally, over the past 40 years. In this book, Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth explain why it is worth paying attention to debates about such concepts as universalism and definitions of the human; more audaciously, they also explain why it is important that college professors should have the professional working conditions necessary for them to do their jobs. In a clear, compelling, and sometimes surprising narrative, Bérubé and Ruth show why the deprofessionalization of college teaching matters — and what can be done to reverse it." From Palgrave Macmillan

The first book discussion will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 9:00 am. The group will be discussing the book's Introduction: "This is Not the Crisis Your Looking For."   If you are interested in participating, please click here to register. An electronic copy of the selection will be provided to participants upon registration. 

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