Book Club “read” for faculty/staff: Everything They Never Taught You About College Teaching
December 6, 2019

University classes have moved online, so the remaining book club discussions (March 27, April 24, and May 8) have all been moved to Zoom. Remaining meetings will discuss what it means to be a learner and an instructor during tumultuous times such as the present COVID-19 pandemic. These meetings are open to all faculty, staff, and students. Visit for the Zoom link and for further information about the Book Club.

The Libraries and the Psychology department invite UT faculty and staff to participate in a
Lifelong Learning Book Club during spring semester.

Read The Missing Course: Everything They Never Taught You About College Teaching, by David Gooblar, and join us at monthly discussion sessions. The free e-book is available online through the UT Libraries’ catalog.

Discussions will be held at 1 p.m. in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library, on these dates:

  • Friday, January 31
  • Friday, February 28
  • Friday, March 27
  • Monday, April 27
    NOTE: changed to Friday, April 24
  • Friday, May 8 (wrap-up)

Light refreshments will be served.

Here’s what the book jacket says about The Missing Course:

Professors know a lot, but they are rarely taught how to teach. The author of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s popular “Pedagogy Unbound” column explains everything you need to know to be a successful college instructor.

College is changing, but the way we train academics is not. Most professors are still trained to be researchers first and teachers a distant second, even as scholars are increasingly expected to excel in the classroom.

There has been a revolution in teaching and learning over the past generation, and we now have a whole new understanding of how the brain works and how students learn. But most academics have neither the time nor the resources to catch up to the latest research or train themselves to be excellent teachers. The Missing Course offers scholars at all levels a field guide to the state of the art in teaching and learning and is packed with invaluable insights to help students learn in any discipline.

Wary of the folk wisdom of the faculty lounge, David Gooblar builds his lessons on the newest findings and years of experience. From active-learning strategies to course design to getting students talking, The Missing Course walks you through the fundamentals of the student-centered classroom, one in which the measure of success is not how well you lecture but how much students learn. Along the way, readers will find ideas and tips they can use in their classrooms right away.

Questions? Email Brianne Dosch, Subject Librarian for Psychology,