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To Improve the Academy. Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development. Volume 27. JB – Anker

  • ID: 2241325
  • Book
  • October 2008
  • 512 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

To Improve the Academy Volume 27

An annual publication of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), To Improve the Academy offers a resource for improvement in higher education to faculty and instructional development staff, department chairs, faculty, deans, student services staff, chief academic officers, and educational consultants.

Contents include:

  • The educational developer as magician

  • Lessons in the field of faculty development

  • Facilitating culture analysis and change

  • Using a database at a faculty development center

  • Center for teaching and learning directors

  • Suggestions and tools for using learner–centered teaching approaches

  • Faculty writing institutes as professional development

  • Faculty leadership

  • Creating programs to nurture the spirit

  • An online tool for individual consultations

  • Developing a learning–focused classroom observation form

  • Long–term value and effects of teaching center consultations

  • The scholarship of teaching and learning at community colleges

  • Creating successful faculty development programs at small colleges

  • Faculty development programs

  • Blind peer review of scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Learning–centered evaluation of teaching

  • Personal and professional support for new faculty

  • Mentoring faculty

  • Preparing advocates for faculty development

  • Teaching learning processes to students and teachers

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About the Authors.



Ethical Guidelines for Educational Developers.

Section I: For and About Educational Developers.

1 Editor s Introduction: The Educational Developer as Magician (Linda B. Nilson).

2 Experiential Lessons in the Practice of Faculty Development (Ed Neal, Iola Peed–Neal).

3 Maturation of Organizational Development in Higher Education: Using Cultural Analysis to Facilitate Change (Gail F. Latta).

4 Ten Ways to Use a Relational Database at a Faculty Development Center (A. Jane Birch, Tara Gray).

5 Magicians of the Golden State: The CSU Center Director Disappearing Acts (Cynthia Desrochers).

Section II: Helping Faculty Thrive.

6 Practical Tools to Help Faculty Use Learner–Centered Approaches (Phyllis Blumberg).

7 Romancing the Muse: Faculty Writing Institutes as Professional Development (Elizabeth Ambos, Mark Wiley, Terre H. Allen).

8 Leadership for Learning: A New Faculty Development Model (Jane V. Nelson, Audrey M. Kleinsasser).

9 Searching for Meaning on College Campuses: Creating Programs to Nurture the Spirit (Donna M. Qualters, Beverly Dolinsky, Michael Woodnick).

Section III: One–on–One with Faculty.

10 Defeating the Developer s Dilemma: An Online Tool for Individual Consultations (Michele DiPietro, Susan A. Ambrose, Michael Bridges, Anne Fay, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie Kamala Norman).

11 Lessons Learned from Developing a Learning–Focused Classroom Observation Form (Steven K. Jones, Kenneth S. Sagendorf, D. Brent Morris, David W. Stockburger, Evelyn T. Patterson).

12 Reported Long–Term Value and Effects of Teaching Center Consultations (Wayne Jacobson, Donald H. Wulff, Stacy Grooters, Phillip M. Edwards, Karen Freisem).

Section IV: Educational Development by Institutional Type.

13 Promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Community Colleges: Insights from Two Learning Communities (Stanford T. Goto, Andrei Cerqueira Davis).

14 Starting and Sustaining Successful Faculty Development Programs at Small Colleges (Michael Reder, Kim M. Mooney, Richard A. Holmgren, Paul J. Kuerbis).

15 Essential Faculty Development Programs for Teaching and Learning Centers in Research–Extensive Universities (Larissa Pchenitchnaia, Bryan R. Cole).

Section V: Faculty Evaluation.

16 Establishing External, Blind Peer Review of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Within the Disciplines (Cheryl A. Stevens, Erik Rosegard).

17 Learning–Centered Evaluation of Teaching (Trav D. Johnson).

Section VI: For the Next Generation.

18 Meeting New Faculty at the Intersection: Personal and Professional Support Points the Way (Ann Riley).

19 When Mentoring Is the Medium: Lessons Learned from a Faculty Development Initiative (Jung H. Yun, Mary Deane Sorcinelli).

20 Preparing Advocates for Faculty Development: Expanding the Meaning of Growing Our Own (Deborah S. Meizlish, Mary C. Wright).

21 Teaching Learning Processes to Students and Teachers (Pamela E. Barnett, Linda C. Hodges).


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Linda B. Nilson is founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University.

Judith E. Miller is associate dean for special academic initiatives at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

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