Book Groups

Book Groups For Fall 2022

CTEL is sponsoring three book groups this semester. If you are interested in joining one of them, please notify Susan Goodrich by email at sag@fsmail.bradley.edu. If you have interest in suggesting a book for a future semester, please let us know.

Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies (SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures)

John C. Hawley


“Expanding the Circle is a comprehensive overview of issues facing LGBTQ students in higher education in the US and those seeking to ‘queer the academy’ through incorporating LGBTQ content into curricula. It highlights problems we might not have imagined―a closeted gay man being harassed by those who are more ‘out’―and describes issues we would have hoped were history―faculty and staff telling students not to list a certificate in LGBTQ studies on a resume. This book presents proven strategies to create affirming institutions of higher learning in which students and faculty can be their full selves and study the contributions of LGBTQ people to the human experience.”

― Sean Cahill, coauthor of LGBT Youth in America’s Schools

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Bill Burnett and Dale Evans


“Life has questions. They have answers…Learn how to find a fulfilling career…learn how to better navigate life’s big moment decisions and kill your ‘wicked problems dead.” — The New York Times

“The prototype for a happy life…Burnett and Evans show how to apply Stanford’s famous design principles to finding your place in the world, as a recent graduate or mid-career.” — NPR’s Brian Lehrer

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, 20th Anniversary Edition

Parker J. Palmer


Good teachers love learners, learning, and the teaching life in a way that builds trust with students and colleagues, animates their daily practice, and keeps them coming back tomorrow.

  • Understand why good teaching cannot be reduced to technique alone
  • Explore and practice the relational traits that good teachers have in common
  • Learn how to forge learning connections with your students and "teach across the gap"

Whether used for personal study, book club exploration, or professional development, The Courage to Teach is rich with time-honored wisdom, and contemporary clarity about the ancient arts of teaching and learning.