The New Professor's Handbook: A Guide to Teaching and Research in Engineering and Science
July 1994, Jossey-Bass
The book first distills the abundant literature that has already been published on teaching, covering student learning and course planning, conducting discussions and lecturing, creating exams and assignments, and working with teaching assistants.
Bringing together guidance gained from numerous seminars, discussions, and interviews, and the little existing in current literature on starting and conducting scientific research, the next section includes assembling research teams, supervising graduate research, getting research funding, writing research papers, reviewing research proposals, presenting results, and conducting graduate seminar programs.
The book features practical chapter exercises that apply concepts, and it concludes with an extensive bibliography. It will be of help to any faculty member embarking on a teaching and research career in higher education in the sciences.
Part I: Teaching.
1. Characteristics of Student Learning.
2. Planning a Course.
3. Conducting Discussions.
5. Preparing Activities for Students: Exams and Assignments.
6. Working with Teaching Assistants.
Part II: Research.
7. Supervising Graduate Research.
8. Getting Funding for Research Projects.
9. Writing Research papers.
10. Reviewing research Proposals and Papers.
11. Presenting Talks on Research results.
12. Conducting Graduate Seminar Programs.
CLIFF I. DAVIDSON is Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and is Director of the Environmental Institute, at Carnegie Mellon University. He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. Davison received his B.S. (1972) in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon, and his M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1977) in environmental engineering science from California Institute of technology. In addition to publishing and lecturing widely on environmental topics, he is on the editorial boards of three journals and has been a member of more than a dozen governmental committees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Aerosol Research. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate course since 1977.