Book Discussions

Each semester there is a book discussion group usually based upon a best-selling teaching and learning book or on a topic currently being discussed throughout the higher education community.  Within the first few weeks of the semester, the faculty development coordinator notifies faculty of the book selection by e-mail and at the first meeting, a day, time, and meeting frequency is decided upon by the participants. Participants may join the group at any point in the semester. A limited number of books are provided for check-out. Some participants choose to purchase their own copies.


Fall 2013 Book Selection
Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight, and Positive Change by Dannelle D. Stevens and Joanne E. Cooper

Meeting Day
Every other Wednesday starting October 2

Meeting Time:
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place
Professional Development Resource Room, Burns Hall 2238



There are copies of the book available for check out.  Contact jschwade@nwacc.edu to request a copy.

The book description on the back of the book says:

“This book presents the potential uses and benefits of journals for personal and professional development—particularly for anyone in education—and demonstrates journals’ potential to foster students’ learning, fluency and voice, and creative thinking.

In professional life, a journal helps to organize, prioritize, and address the many expectations of an educator’s or administrator’s roles.  Journals are effective for developing time management and problem-solving skills, fostering insight, and decreasing stress.

The authors also present the theory and guidance to enable readers to make an informed decision about whether to use journals in their teaching.”
About the Author
Dannelle D. Stevens is a tenured professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University in Oregon where she has been since 1994. Her roots, however, are in the public school classroom where she taught middle school and high school social studies, language arts, and special education for 14 years across four school districts and three states. She received her master's from the University of Utah in 1983, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State in 1991. Before coming to PSU she taught at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Whether the topic is rubrics, journal writing, action research or academic writing, her work centers on how adults reflect on what they do and, then, act on those reflections. One of Dr. Stevens' underlying assumptions is that cognitive, social and emotional development does not end with the teenage years but continues through the lifetime. Besides over 75 conference presentations, she has written three books, all designed to impact development of her fellow faculty and, their students. Her first book, co-edited with Joanne Cooper, Tenure in the Sacred Grove: Issues and Strategies for Women and Minorities, (SUNY Press, 2002), was written to help faculty women and minorities negotiate the path to tenure. Introduction to Rubrics, now in its second edition, and co-authored with Antonia J. Levi, and Journal Keeping, co-authored with Joanne Cooper, are published by Stylus Publishing. In addition to teaching classes, she has taken on leadership positions in the department and campus-wide. In the Curriculum and Instruction Department, Dr. Stevens leads teacher licensure cohorts and coordinates the MA/MS program for experienced teachers. For the university at large, she works within the Center for Academic Excellence as faculty-in-residence for assessment. She is chair of the Institutional Assessment Council.

Joanne E. Cooper is a Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, University of Hawaii at Manoa.