Fall 2021 Faculty Reading Group

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Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:45pm

Microsoft Teams (Virtual)


Fall 2021 Faculty Reading Group

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 Wednesday, September 8th, 2021. To facilitate interaction, this reading group will be offered synchronously via Teams. 

Space is limited. A confirmation email, Teams link, and a copy of the book will be sent to all participants before the first meeting.

front cover of book Radical Hope

Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin M. Gannon, 2020, West Virginia University Press; 1st edition.

In his book, Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, Kevin M. Gannon aims to help educators understand the idea of student “success” as moving from traditional viewpoints to more holistic and inclusionary approaches including well-being, thriving, belonging, and overall resilience.  Gannon asks that we consider two significant questions in order to engage in radical hope in our university learning spaces: “Who are we as we present ourselves to our students?” and “What are we saying to students about how we perceive and receive them?” These questions frame the reimagination of course syllabi, classroom dynamics, and student engagement. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Facilitator: Michelle Corvette, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning.


We will read a few chapters at a time for each discussion. Meetings will take place from 12-1pm on Mondays and Tuesdays for Fall 2021. Participants only need to attend one day and may alter days as needed to accommodate schedules:

  • September 13 & 14, 2021 (Introduction, Chapter 1 & 2) Pages 1-38
  • October 4 & 5, 2021 (Chapters 3, 4, & 5) Pages 39-84
  • November 1 & 2, 2021 (Chapters 6, 7, & 8) Pages 85-121
  • November 29 & 30, 2021 (Chapters 9, 10 & Coda) Pages 122-152

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the Fall Faculty Reading Group by August 30th