Institute for Student Success

Spring 2012 Book Circles

Focusing on...

  • Effective Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Communities
  • Student Success


Open to all HSU Staff and Faculty. Facilitated by HSU staff and faculty.


Registration is closed for these book circles. If you are interested in signing up for future book circles, please look for announcements through University Notices.


In order to extend and enrich campus conversations about meeting our students needs, the Institute for Student Success – in collaboration with the Faculty Development Office and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion – is offering HSU faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in one of three book circles this semester, each focusing on one of the core themes of the Institute (to be held May 2012).


Choose from the following book circles:

  • How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart TeachingHow Learning Works

    by Susan A. Ambrose, et al

    Integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book is designed to help faculty apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching.

    Facilitated by Beth Eschenbach, Environmental Resources Engineering

  • Microaggressions in Everyday Life

  • by Derald Wing Sue

    The term “microaggressions” describes how everyday exchanges – Microaggressionswhether in the classroom, workplace, or grocery store – can negatively, and unintentionally, affect certain individuals because of their group membership. Join this book circle to gain a deeper understanding of microaggressions and how they impact our students, colleagues, and community.

    Facilitated by Maxwell Schnurer, Communication

  • The First-Generation Student Experience

  • by Jeff Davis

    Fifty percent of HSU’s first-time-freshmen are first generation college First Generation Studentsstudents, meaning that neither parent has attained a college degree. This book circle will provide insight about the unique strengths, needs, and challenges of first-generation students, and offer strategies for increasing their success.

    Facilitated by Dan Saveliff, Educational Opportunity Program