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To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, Volume 30

ISBN: 978-1-118-01131-7
368 pages
October 2011, Jossey-Bass
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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:

  • Graduate student internships as a pathway to the profession of educational development

  • Preparing faculty to develop hybrid courses

  • Writing groups for work-life balance

  • A faculty learning community approach to tenure and promotion

  • Helping faculty integrate citizenship into the curriculum

  • Students' perspectives on enhancing communication with faculty

  • Effecting change in limited-control classroom environments

  • A laboratory research group model for the scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Institutional encouragement of the scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Multiple definitions of critical thinking

  • Faculty development and governance collaborating on curriculum revision

  • Academic dishonesty among international students

  • Serving veterans with disabilities

  • Working with psychologically impaired faculty

  • Leadership development for faculty of color

  • Diffusing the impact of tokenism on faculty of color

  • Difficult Dialogues for cross-cultural faculty development

  • Faculty development beyond instructional development

  • Fundraising by teaching centers

  • Evaluation of teaching and learning centers

  • Faculty development career disruptions

  • Emergent shifts in the faculty development portfolio

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Table of Contents

About the Authors xiii

Preface xxvii

Acknowledgments xxxiii

Ethical Guidelines for Educational Developers xxxv


Promoting Our Colleagues’ Professional Success

1 Graduate Student Internships as a Pathway to the Profession of Educational Development 3
Kathryn E. Linder, Stephanie V. Rohdieck, Alan Kalish, Teresa A. Johnson, Kathryn M. Plank, Laurie A. Maynell

2 The Digital Academy: Preparing Faculty for Digital Course Development 17
Sunay V. Palsole, Beth L. Brunk-Chavez

3 Writing Groups for Work-Life Balance: Faculty Writing Group Leaders Share Their Stories 31
Dannielle Joy Davis, Kara Provost, Amanda E. Major

4 Reflecting Together About Tenure and Promotion: A Faculty Learning Community Approach 43
Leslie G. McBride, Janelle DeCarrico Voegele

5 The Citizenship Imperative and the Role of Faculty Development 54
Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Rebecca S. Nowacek, Michael B. Smith


Supporting Institutional Priorities

6 Enhancing Out-of-Class Communication: Students’ Perspectives 71
Bonnie S. Farley-Lucas, Margaret M. Sargent

7 Effecting Change in Limited-Control Classroom Environments: A Case Study 85
Allison P. Boye

8 Adapting a Laboratory Research Group Model to Foster the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 99
Beth A. Fisher, Regina F. Frey

9 Institutional Encouragement of and Faculty Engagement in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 112
Thomas F. Nelson Laird, Tony Ribera

10 Defining Critical Thinking in Higher Education: Determining Assessment Fit 126
Martha L. A. Stassen, Anne Herrington, Laura Henderson

11 Curriculum Revision and Cultural Change: A Joint Faculty Development and Faculty Governance Approach 142
Terre H. Allen, David A. Horne, Ingrid M. Martin, Michael E. Solt


Broadening the Campus Context

12 Academic Dishonesty Among International Students in Higher Education 159
Krishna K. Bista

13 Forty Percent of 2 Million: Preparing to Serve Our Veterans with Disabilities 173
Bruce C. Kelley, Ernetta L. Fox, Justin M. Smith, Lisa A. Wittenhagen

14 Working Effectively with Psychologically Impaired Faculty 186
Carolyn B. Oxenford, Sally L. Kuhlenschmidt

15 Next Generation @ IUPUI: A Leadership Development Program for Faculty of Color 202
Megan M. Palmer, Julianna V. Banks, Joshua S. Smith, Sherree A. Wilson

16 Diffusing the Impact of Tokenism on Faculty of Color 216
Yolanda Flores Niemann

17 Difficult Dialogues and Transformational Change Through Cross-Cultural Faculty Development 230
Elizabeth Roderick


Developing Our Craft

18 Faculty Development Beyond Instructional Development: Ideas Centers Can Use 247
Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Tara Gray, A. Jane Birch

19 Go for the Gold: Fundraising for Teaching Centers 262
Mark A. Hohnstreiter, Tara Gray

20 How Mature Teaching and Learning Centers Evaluate Their Services 277
Susan R. Hines

21 Faculty Development as a Hazardous Occupation 290
Linda B. Nilson, Edward B. Nuhfer, Bonnie B. Mullinix

22 Emergent Shifts in Faculty Development: A Reflective Review 306
Shelda Debowski

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Author Information

Judith E. Miller is executive director of assessment at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

James E. Groccia, former president of POD, is director of the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of higher education at Auburn University.

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