Synopses & Reviews
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.
- Transforming the environment for learning (Lion F. Gardiner, Rutgers University)
- The expanding role of academic support centers (Robert M. Diamond, National Academy for Academic Leadership)
- Creating a culture of assessment (Patricia M. Dwyer, Shepherd College)
- Faculty development through the eyes of SoTL scholars (Connie M. Schroeder, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)
- The roles of teaching and learning centers (Alan C. Frantz, Idaho State University; Steven A. Beebe, Texas State University–San Marcos; Virginia S. Horvath, Kent State University; JoAnn Canales, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi; David E. Swee, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
- The quality of life of faculty development professionals (Kathleen T. Brinko, Sally S. Atkins, & Marian E. Miller, Appalachian State University)
- Faculty strategies for creating equitable work environments (Christine M. Cress, Portland State University; Jennifer L. Hart, University of Missouri–Columbia)
- A program for faculty renewal (Libby Falk Jones, Berea College)
- An investigation of faculty vitality within the context of the community college (Cathie J. Peterson, Johnson County Community College)
- Course and departmental assessment results as a faculty development tool (Catherine M. Wehlburg, Texas Christian University)
- Creating an integrated data system for teaching centers (Kathryn M. Plank, Alan Kalish, Stephanie V. Rohdieck, & Kathleen A. Harper, The Ohio State University)
- Achieving a campus consensus on learning-centered teaching (Phyllis Blumberg & Justin Everett, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia)
- Improving teaching and learning by cultivating a community of practice (Richard A. Holmgren, Allegheny College)
- A faculty development program to promote engaged classroom dialogue (Kim M. Mooney, Traci Fordham, & Valerie D. Lehr, St. Lawrence University)
- The unwritten challenges of service-learning (Rona J. Karasik, St. Cloud State University)
- Junior faculty participation in curricular change (Judi Hetrick, Miami University in Oxford)
- Assessing the academic and professional development needs of graduate students (Laurie Bellows & Ellen Weissinger, University of Nebraska–Lincoln)
- Faculty development in community colleges (Mary Rose Grant, Saint Louis University)
- Providing for the development needs of part-time faculty (Patricia Hanrahan Valley, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)
- Promoting a sound process for teaching awards programs (Nancy Van Note Chism, Indiana University-–Purdue University Indianapolis)
An annual publication of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, volume 23 of To Improve the Academy
is a collection of articles that explore the emerging climate of change is providing a backdrop for the concerns and constituents of higher education. In particular, the authors focus on promoting excellence in teaching and learning through faculty renewal.
To Improve the Academy, Volume 23, describes the ways in which faculty development is changing and offers insight on how to manage these changes. It is divided into three sections
- Section I, Faculty Development in a Climate of Change: addresses the environment for scholarship and learning, how to lead change in the culture of assessment, and explains the role of teaching and learning centers
- Section II, Quality of Work Life for Faculty and Faculty Developers: investigates strategies for creating vital and equitable work environments for faculty
- Section III, Best Practices for Faculty Development: explores various approaches to faculty development, including the use of data, cultivating community, service-learning, and integrating junior faculty, graduate students, and part-time faculty into the institution
This 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.
About the Author
is director of the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching at Rollins College. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organization development and learning organizations. Prior to her eight years at Rollins, she was director of the learning Assistance Program at Wake Forest University.
DOUGLAS REIMONDO ROBERTSON is professor and director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). He has helped to start three university faculty development center (Portland State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas [UNLV], and Eastern Kentucky University), and has served as founding director at two (UNLV and EKU). His most recent book is Making Time, Making Change: Avoiding Overload in College Teaching (New Forums Press, 2003).
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
Section I: faculty development in a Climate of Change.
1. Transforming the Environment for Learning: A Crisis of Quality (Lion F. Gardiner).
2. The Institutional Change Agency: The Expanding Role of Academic Support Centers (Robert M. Diamond).
3. Leading Change: Creating a Culture of Assessment (Patricia M. Dwyer).
4. Evidence of the Transformational Dimensions of the Schlorship of Teaching and Learning: Faculty Development Through the Eyes SoTL Scholars (Connie M. Schroeder).
5. The Roles of Teaching and Learning Centers (Alan C. Frantz, Steven A. Beebe, Virginia S. Horvath, JoAnn Canales, and David E. Swee).
Section II. Quality of Work Life for Faculty and faculty developers.
6. The Quality of Life of Faculty Development Professionals (Kathleen T. Brinko, Sally S. Atkins, and Marian E. Miller).
7. The Hue and Cry of campus Climate: Faculty Strategies for Creating Equitable Work Environments (Christine M. Cress and Jennifer L. Hart).
8. Exploring the Inner landscape of teaching: A Program for faculty Renewal (Libby Falk Jones).
9. Is the Thrill Gone? An investigation of faculty Vitality Within the Context of the Community College (Cathie J. Peterson).
Section III: Best Practices for Faculty development.
10. Using Data to Enhance Colege teaching: Course and Departmental Assessment Results as a faculty Development Tool (Catherine M. Wehlburg).
11. A Vision Beyond Measurement: Creating an Integrated data System for Teaching Centers (Katheryn M. Plank, Alan Kalish, Stephanie V. Rohdieck, and Kathleen A. Harper).
12. Achieving a Campus Consensus on Learning-Centered teaching: Process and Outcomes (Phyllis Blumberg and Justin Everett).
13. Teaching Partners: Improving Teaching and Learning by Cultivating a Community of Practice (Richard A. Holgren).
14. A Faculty development Program to Promote Engaged Classroom Dialogue: The Oral Communication institute (Kim M. Mooney, Traci Fordham, and Valerie D. Lehr).
15. Whispers and Sighs: The Unwritten Challenges of Service-Learning (Rona J. Karasik).
16. Junior faculty Participation in Curricular Change (Judi Hetrick).
17. Assessing the Academic and Professional Development Needs of Graduate Students (Laurie Bellows and Ellen Weissinger).
18. Faculty Development in Community Colleges: A Model for Part-Time Faculty (Patricia Hanrahan Valley).
19. Entertaining Strangers: Providing for the Development Needs of Part-Time Faculty (Patricia Hanrahan Valley).
20. Promoting a Sound Process for Teaching Awards Programs: Appropriate Work for Faculty Development Centers (Nancy Van Note Chism).