Pre-Celebration Reading Circle – January 2022

Reading Circles bring educators together for cross-disciplinary conversation to build knowledge, community and collaboration.

Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert, Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College

This Reading Circle is fully enrolled. Another version of this Reading Circle will be available after the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference. Enrollment opens on February 11, 2022.

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Join us as we read Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College, co-authored by our 2022 Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference keynote speaker, Peter Felten, Ph.D.

Relationship-Rich Education shows us that building relationships with and between students is what best promotes an excellent and inclusive college education. Felten and Leo M. Lambert overturn preconceptions that only faculty at elite schools have the luxury of building close connections with students. The book is peppered with powerful stories from hundreds of faculty, staff, and students who describe how relationships inspire learning and challenge students to examine the big questions of their lives. Reading and discussing the book together provides us the opportunity to identify how we can more intentionally support students in building strong networks that foster deep learning experiences and a sense of belonging at UofL.


To bring UofL instructors together to consider how we build rich and transformative relationships with our students and how these connections drive student success and enrich our work. To prime conversations between UofL instructors that encourage us to identify and share how we will put Felten & Lambert’s concepts into action.


Instructors at all levels interested in this topic. This Reading Circle is limited to ten participants.

Meeting Dates:

This Reading Circle will be a shorter, more informal version of our usual Reading Circles so that instructors may weave it into their busy schedules. We will meet twice virtually in January 2022 on the following dates from 12-1:15 p.m. via Microsoft Teams (a meeting link will be sent to registrants prior to the first session).

  • Friday, January 14
  • Friday, January 28

Expectations for Participation:

Participants will receive a hard copy of the book in mid-December for reading and enrichment over Winter Break. We will convene as a group twice in January and discuss half of the book at each meeting (approximately 70-80 pages).

At the conclusion of the Reading Circle, participants will write a brief reflection about key ideas from the book and how they might build relationship-rich educational experiences into their teaching practice.

Some of the questions we will explore:

  • What does “relationship-rich” education look like at UofL? What do we want it to look like?
  • What do Felten and Lambert’s findings mean for each of us as instructors? How might we use what we learn in our work supporting students at UofL?
  • How does creating a “relationship-rich” educational environment enhance equity in student learning and the student experience?
  • How might we meet the challenge of the book to center and re-center relationships in the educational experience of our students?
  • What could relationship-rich education look like in our everyday work?


Caroline Boswell, PhD, Faculty Development Specialist, Delphi Center

Patty Payette, PhD, Executive Director of UofL’s QEP, Find Your Fit and Sr. Associate Director, Delphi Center

Interested, but unable to participate? We will offer another Reading Circle on this book in spring 2022. Stay tuned for more information.


For more information about the Reading Circle, please contact Caroline Boswell at or 502-852-5104.

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