Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning


"Tough Talks" Reading Groups

These talks engage our entire campus community in difficult conversations about the state of teaching, learning, and higher education. We designed them to bring folks with a variety of perspectives together to take part in thoughtful conversations about pressing issues.
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil

O’Neil writes about “the age of the algorithm,” where the decisions that affect our lives like where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are made by machines, not human beings. As higher education embraces big data, we wish to bring folks together to consider the promise, problems, and lasting consequences of decisions based on algorithms and analytics. Join us for this fascinating discussion with Gaurav Bansal, Professor of Business and Director of the Data Science Master's program, on either September 23 from 9:30-10:30 in MAC 201 or September 26 from 3:30-4:30 in MAC 201.
Need a copy of the book? Just indicate so in the sign-up and we’ll let you know when it arrives, and you can pick it up in the CATL office (IS 1144). We just expect those who receive a personal copy to attend a session.

Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission by Herb Childress

In this book, Herb Childress discusses causes and consequences of the “adjunctification” of higher education. Inside Higher-Ed magazine dubbed this “necessary read” for those who wish to understand the costs—“human or otherwise”—of higher education’s “gig economy.”

Join us on November 13 from 9:30-11 AM in MAC 201 for a discussion lead by Tara DaPra in English and English Composition, and Jennie Young, Director of English Composition.