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The Center for theAdvancement of Teaching & Learning

Book Club


The CATL Book Club is offered every semester to promote professional development, discussion and reflection while learning more about learning, teaching and educational issues. We choose books with a variety of related topics including innovative teaching techniques, learning processes and changes in higher education. Discussions take place every semester and are lively and thought provoking.

If you're interested in taking part in our next Book Club, you can email the CATL or watch your email for our announcement. Also if you have a book you'd like us to consider as a future reading, please email us.

Below, you can find our most recent book selection and a link to our previous Book Club titles, all of which are available for loan from the CATL Library.

Spring 2014

My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

Teaching Naked

By Rebekah Nathan

After years of teaching, Rebekah Nathan, a professor of anthropology at a large state university, realized that she no longer understood the behavior and attitudes of her students. Fewer and fewer participated in class discussion, tackled the assigned reading, or came to discuss problems during office hours. Nathan decided to apply to her own university and enrolled as a freshman for the academic year. My Freshman Year provides a compelling account of college life that should be read by students, parents, professors, university administrators, and anyone else concerned about the state of higher education in America today. She also identifies fundamental misperceptions, misunderstandings, and mistakes on both sides of the educational divide that negatively affect the college experience.






  • Learn more about Cathy Small who wrote under the pen name Rebekah Nathan
  • Read and interview of Cathy Small from the New York Times
  • Read a review of My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Anthropology Review


Previous Book Club Choices

Full archive

What the Best Students Do Now You See It The Shallows Healing the Heart of Democracy Willpower Collaborative Learning Techniques The Heart of Higher Education Student Engagement Techniques The Art of Changing the Brain Classroom Research Clueless in Academe My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student What the Best College Teachers Do