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2007-2008 Lunch Hour Reading/Discussion Club

Unleashing Suppressed Voices on College Campuses: Diversity Issues in Higher Education
Unleashing Suppressed Voices on College Campuses book cover

Unleashing Suppressed Voices

Unleashing Suppressed Voices explores diversity issues for nearly every aspect of higher education from faculty tenure and promotion to academic affairs administration to student athletics to enrollment management. After three introductory chapters, the text presents 30 case studies, considering issues such as:

  • Case #3—In the Name of Honor: Impact of American Indian Mascots at Institutions of Higher Education
  • Case #9—Affirmative Action and Faculty Hiring
  • Case #11—“Tick-tock“: The Convergence of the Biological and Tenure Clock in the Lives of Academic Women“
  • Case #16—A Special Case of Diversity: Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

Participants will be offered the opportunity to have input regarding which cases to read and explore and will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of critical diversity issues facing higher education today.

Facilitator: Richard Telfer, Interim Chancellor; Elizabeth Ogunsola, Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity & Affirmative Action

Sessions Scheduled: in University Center 268 from Noon to 1:00pm on the following six Mondays: 28 January; 11 & 25 February; 10 March; 7 & 21 April

Working With Emotional Intelligence
Working with Emotional Intelligence

According to this book, the secret to success at work is not our academic training or even our technical expertise. Rather, it is our emotional intelligence. The author defines emotional intelligence as "the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, for managing emotions in ourselves, and in negotiating our relationships." Goleman argues that emotional intelligence is the essential ingredient for getting to and staying at the top in any profession, as well as a key ingredient for successful organizations. Chapter titles include:

  • Chapter 3—The Hard Case for Soft Skills
  • Chapter 5—Self-Control
  • Chapter 8—The Arts of Influence
  • Chapter 9—Collaboration, Teams, and the Group IQ

Participants will have a chance to learn about emotional intelligence and to consider what it means to bring emotional intelligence to our work and lives.

Facilitator: Greg Valde, Director, LEARN Center

Sessions Scheduled: in University Center 268 from 12:30 to 1:30pm on the following six Mondays: 31 January; 14 & 28 February; 13 March; 3 & 17 April

The Ethics of Teaching

A Casebook

Few books in the history of the Reading/Discussion Clubs have inspired the spirited and thought-provoking dialogues that this one has. Presented as a series of short, engaging case scenarios (often based on actual situations), the book presents the opportunity to consider the subtle complexities inherent in the decision making contexts in which faculty operate. Included are dilemmas involving issues such as confidentiality, politics, and responsibilities to the university. Participants will explore their own thinking about a variety of ethical issues, share in and out-of-classroom experiences, and learn from others. Cases may be supplemented with additional resources found by the facilitator and program participants.

Facilitator: Jon Werner, Professor, Management Department, and Robert Gruber, Professor, Accounting Department.

Sessions Scheduled: in Roseman 2007 from Noon to 1:00pm on the following six Mondays: 10 & 24 September; 8 & 22 October; 5 & 19 November.

Generation Me

Why Today's Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled-and More Miserable Than Ever Before

The title says it all. The book takes a look at the findings of the largest intergenerational study ever conducted-with data from 1.3 million respondents. It explores why individuals born in the 1970's, 80's, and 90's are tolerant, confident, open-minded and ambitious, but also cynical, depressed, lonely, and anxious, and examines how their high expectations, and need for praise and fulfillment will play in an increasingly competitive world. Discussion will focus on Twenge's key assertions, and explore how this complex of attributes impacts efforts at fostering learning and development. GenMe types will find out about themselves. Boomers will find new insight into their students and, perhaps, their offspring.

Facilitator: Sandi Scott Duex, Associate Director, Office of Residence Life.

Sessions Scheduled: in Roseman 2007 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on the following six Thursdays: 13 & 27 September; 11& 25 October; 8 & 29 November.