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Peacock, Jessica L.; FitzPatrick, Kathleen; Finn, Kevin E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors determined whether positive perceptions of integrating lecture and lab in Anatomy and Physiology courses persisted from 2015-2018. Students (843) and instructors (56) completed the Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains survey; perceptions were positive and consistent between both groups. Participant narratives identified the…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Physiology, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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Brobeck, David; Taylor, Carl – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
One of the most important processes in which professors can engage is to explore different techniques to improve the learning environment. Zull (2002, 2011) has stated that people adopt new learning by "idea testing." Was the test beneficial? The authors, who were interested in testing ideas to improve the teaching and learning process,…
Descriptors: Personality Assessment, Personality Studies, Personality Theories, Teaching Methods
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Abreu, Joshua; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros; Kortz, Kirsten – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study involved five English instructors at a Hispanic-serving community college who participated in professional development workshops on culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP). Three themes emerged from analysis of the survey and interview data: (1) Integration of disciplinary identity contributes to instructors'' satisfaction with the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Hispanic American Students
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Gore, Jonathan; Sweet, Charlie; Blythe, Hal; Carpenter, Russell; Tichenor, Damon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine differences in student perceptions of instructor and course characteristics for courses that students deemed to be high in learning versus high in enjoyment. Realizing that students differ from faculty in how they view the traits of a highly effective instructor, the authors created a survey of student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Strassle, Carla G.; Verrecchia, P.J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Much of the research on uncivil behavior in the college/university classroom has focused on individual academic fields of study and been conducted at one, typically public, institution. This study examined perceptions of classroom incivility of faculty members (N = 166) from both public and private two- and four year institutions. The authors…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Student Behavior, Antisocial Behavior
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DeMonbrun, Matt; Cañas, Jessica; Finelli, Cynthia J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Several reports have highlighted the need to improve teaching within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, particularly at the undergraduate level. These reports have encouraged the use of more evidence-based teaching practices in the classroom to improve teaching. The authors explore how faculty members' decision to…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Martinez, Anabella; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros; Bolitzer, Liza Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Learning in higher education is often perceived from the standpoint of the students, yet faculty are also learners. To investigate what faculty learn from their interactions with students, the authors analyzed interview data from 40 early post-tenure faculty and learned that (1) faculty approach subject matter differently than students and (2) the…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Faculty Development, College Students, College Faculty
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Terosky, Aimee LaPointe – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This qualitative study examines how 50 professors employed at open access, broad access, or regionally based institutions view their students and the ways in which these views influence their teaching practices. Analysis found that participants fell into one of two categories: (a) those following a nuanced understanding of the prestige model,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, College Students
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Sockman, Beth Rajan; Carducci, Olivia M.; Clossey, Laurene; Batson-Magnuson, LuAnn; White, Gene; Wehmeyer, Adrian; Wells, Holly; Rauch, Grant – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Instructors from five disciplines implemented content-specific service projects and determined students' perceptions of their experience. An action research framework was used to examine the experiences and to analyze data in customizable pre- and post-service-learning surveys. Although the students' experiences differed greatly, results showed…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Universities, Institutional Mission, College Faculty
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Sharma, Manu; Cobb, Cam – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This conceptual article emerges out of a research project--including a systematic literature review and autoethnographic study--on social justice-informed co-teaching. The authors collaborated on two Faculty of Education courses at a mid-sized Canadian University to analyze their own experiences as well as research patterns in a pool of studies…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Team Teaching, Teaching Methods, Ethnography
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Kuhlthau, Kaitlin; Ruscio, John; Luce, Christine; Furey, Matthew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Grades serve many important purposes, and educators agree it is important to assign them accurately and fairly. Interviews with 100 professors across a broad range of academic disciplines at a mid-sized state college revealed little consensus on whether, when, or how to adjust scores when assigning grades. Their responses informed a review of…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Interviews, College Faculty, Scores
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Schwartz, Harriet L.; Holloway, Elizabeth L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Assessment is a critical activity in the life of a professor. The authors' interest in professors' internal experiences of assessment led them to conduct a grounded theory study in which they interviewed 16 faculty teaching in social science and pre-professional programs, asking them to reflect on assessing master's thesis and capstone projects.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Evaluation, Grounded Theory, College Faculty
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Jackson, Kathy L.; Brua, Chas; Ramsay, Crystal M.; Hood, Larkin; Weinstein, Suzanne; Scruggs, Richard – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The term "teaching excellence" is frequently used but difficult to define. In an effort to expand upon previous work to define teaching excellence, the authors analyzed 93 teaching award nomination letters of students and peer faculty from a large, land-grant university in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Content analysis identified 25…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Awards, Letters (Correspondence), Content Analysis
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Darby, Alexa; Knight-McKenna, Mary – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Success in academic service-learning (AS-L) comes in large measure from the work of faculty dedicated to this pedagogy. The purpose of this study was to examine how faculty who have taught nine or more sections of AS-L courses sustain their motivation despite the pedagogy's inherent challenges. Individual interviews were conducted with 10 faculty…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, College Faculty, Private Colleges, Service Learning
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Synnott, C. Kevin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author examined the literature regarding college students' use of smartphones during class time. Findings included the following: Students believe they are capable of multitasking with smartphones, but they are not and earn lower grades as a result; students misperceive that their peers use smartphones during class time more than they do to…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, College Students
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