The book is divided into three sections:
- Section I, Organizational Change in the Academy and in POD: examines the role of multiculturalism in faculty development
- Section II, Collaboration and Partnerships: describes how programs can be strengthened by involving students and faculty and encouraging collaborative efforts between educational developers and faculty
- Section III, Examining Assumptions About Teaching and Faculty Development: focuses on the need to integrate teaching, research, and service by examining faculty interactions with students
The articles featured in To Improve the Academy, Volume 18 are designed to challenge readers to think carefully about how and why they work as they do in order to grapple with emerging changes in higher education. The book offers an essential resource for improvement in higher education to faculty and instructional development staff, department chairs, deans, student services staff, chief academic officers, and educational consultants.
Section I: Organizational Change in the Academy and in POD.
1. Diversity and its discontents.
2. The challenge and test of our values.
3. POD as a multicultural organization.
4. The scholarship of teaching and learning.
5. QILT: An approach to faculty development and institutional self-improvement.
6. Finding key faculty to influence change.
Section II. Collaboration and Partnerships.
7. Student collaboration in faculty development.
8. Transforming introductory psychology.
9. TEACHnology: Linking teaching and technology in faculty development.
10. Writing-across-the-curriculum as a site for new collaborations.
11. Faculty teaching partners and associates.
12. Creating a culture of formative assessment.
Section III. Examining Assumptions About Teaching and Faculty Development.
13. Fragmentation vs. integration of faculty work.
14. Getting lecturers to take discussion seriously.
15. Faculty development in a program for first-year students.
16. The influence of disciplinary differences on consultations with faculty.
17. Faculty development centers in research universities.