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, Jan. 27th, 2023. To facilitate interaction, this reading group will be offered online via Teams from 12-1 pm, Monday and Tuesday, once a month. Participants only need to attend one day and may alter days as needed to accommodate schedules. A confirmation email and a copy of the book will be sent to all participants before the first meeting.


Picture a Professor: Interrupting Biases about Faculty and Increasing Student Learning (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) First Edition by Jessamyn Neuhaus, 2022, West Virginia University Press, 1st Edition.

Cover of book titles "Picture a Professor," edited by Jessamyn Neuhaus
In her book, Picture a Professor, Jessamyn Neuhaus has collected numerous evidence-based insights and intersectional teaching strategies from university professors of various backgrounds and career stages to challenge stereotypes of what a professor looks like. Through a multidisciplinary lens, the book puts forth practical advice for navigating student preconceptions about embodied identity and faculty expertise. The pervasiveness of racialized, gendered, and other biases about professors is addressed accompanied by recommendations of ways to respond and interrupt such preconceptions.






Co-facilitated by: 

  • Anti-Racism & Equity Institute, Dr. Carla Goar
  • Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Adrienne Erby
  • Center for Teaching & Learning, Dr. Michelle Corvette

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 (both meeting options are 12-1 p.m. on Teams): 

Monday, Jan. 30; Tuesday, Jan. 31

Monday, Feb. 27; Tuesday, Feb. 28

Monday, April 17; Tuesday, April 18


Register for the Spring 2023 Faculty Reading Group