Center for Teaching and Learning

Register Now for Faculty Reading Groups! 

The Center is pleased to offer three faculty reading groups this fall. Groups will read a book focused on teaching in higher education and discuss it during four meetings with a facilitator. Two groups are offered in Macon and one in Atlanta. Read the descriptions below and apply for a seat. Because books will be provided to group members, groups will be small in number but productive in discussion.


MACON: What the Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain. What the Best College Teachers Do

This group, led by Dr. Elizabeth Harper, Assistant Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts, will meet on four selected Thursdays from 12:00-1:00, with grace and good cheer if members need to arrive a little late or leave a little early. Meetings will be held in a central location on the Macon campus, with the room TBA. 




MACON: Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Teaching NakedClassroom Will Improve Student Learning by Jose Antonio Bowen

This group, led by Alana Alvarez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, will meet on four selected Fridays from 12:00-1:00 with similar grace and good cheer about the meeting time. Meetings will be held in a central location on the Macon campus, with the room TBA. Discussion will focus on the teaching techniques featured in Bowen's book and how they can be applied to our Mercer classrooms.



ATLANTA: Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing teaching Naked TechniquesBetter Classes by Jose Antonio Bowen and C. Edward Watson

This group, led by Dr. Susan Codone, will meet on four selected Wednesdays in a central location on the Atlanta campus, or depending on group membership, may rotate to member buildings. Our discussion will focus on the specific techniques in this companion to the original Teaching Naked book and how we can apply them to classroom settings in both F2F and online settings. 


Questions? Contact Dr. Susan Codone at