Faculty Involvement

Introduction to the Common Reading Experience

The University of Kentucky's Common Reading Experience is a collaborative effort amongst New Student and Family Programs, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, and other campus partners designed to introduce new students to academic life at the University. The goal is two-fold: first, to bring new students together for a common reading experience that introduces them to academic discourse prior to the start of classes; and second, to engage the entire UK community in a common intellectual experience through year-long programming.

First-year and transfer students will read a book selected for their cohort the summer before their first semester on campus. They will then join a community of scholars during K Week, where they will participate in small group discussions about the book with other new and upperclass students. The entire UK community is invited to engage in a common academic experience throughout the school year by attending and participating in events coordinated around the book's themes, topics, and issues. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to connect with one another through this common intellectual experience which will allow for critical reflection on the book and the collegiate experience.

The Common Reading Experience selects and themes selected books around learning outcomes and components of the UK Core. Picking Cotton directly relates to the UK Core content areas of - including but not limited to- Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences, Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities, and U.S. Citizenship, Diversity, and Community. For information about the 2015-2016 Common Reading Experience, Picking Cotton, please click here. To view the official 2015-2016 Faculty Postcard Mailer, please click here. To watch watch President Capilouto talk about the 2015-2016 Common Reading Experience Picking Cotton, click on the following link.

Faculty Involvement in the Common Reading Experience

There are many ways for faculty to get involved with the Common Reading Experience.