Read a teaching-focused book with the CTL. Book clubs typically meet weekly and discuss the text as well as ways we can apply this understanding in our own classrooms and lives. Book clubs are open to anyone interested, including faculty, teaching professors, lecturers, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff

Summer 2023

Join CTL Professional Development Lead Preston Cumming alongside instructors of all levels to read and discuss Editor Jessamyn Neuhaus’ book Picture a Professor: Interrupting Biases About Faculty and Increasing Student Learning. During this time, we will have discussion of the text as well as ways we can apply this understanding in our own classrooms and university lives.

The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays from May 24-July 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. You can join this book club remotely via Zoom. 

*Space will be limited to the first 15 participants. We will collect a wait list for additional interest.

Register for Book Club

Purchase the book from the Boulder Book Store or directly through the publisher. If you would like to attend and cannot afford the text, please reach out to Preston at for assistance. 

Participants can receive credit toward the CTL's graduate and postdoctoral scholar teaching certificates or micro-credentials. Contact for details.

Picture a Professor is a collection of evidence-based insights and intersectional teaching strategies crafted by and for college instructors. It aims to inspire transformative student learning while challenging stereotypes about what a professor looks like.

Representing a variety of scholarly disciplines, the volume’s contributing authors offer practical advice for effectively navigating student preconceptions about embodied identity and academic expertise. Each contributor recognizes the pervasiveness of racialized, gendered, and other biases about professors and recommends specific ways to respond to and interrupt such preconceptions—helping students, teachers, and others re envision what we think of when we picture a professor.
Educators at every stage of their career will find affirming acknowledgment of the ways systemic inequities affect college teaching conditions, as well as actionable advice about facilitating student learning with innovative course design, classroom activities, assessment techniques, and more.