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Palmer, Michael S.; Streifer, Adriana C.; Williams-Duncan, Stacy – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Herein, we describe an intensive, week-long course design institute (CDI) designed to introduce participants to the scholarly and evidence-driven process of learning-focused course design. Impact of this intervention is demonstrated using a multifaceted approach: (a) post-CDI satisfaction and perception surveys, (b) pre-/post-CDI surveys probing…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Curriculum Design, Surveys, Course Descriptions
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Smith, Emily R.; Calderwood, Patricia E.; Storms, Stephanie Burrell; Lopez, Paula Gill; Colwell, Ryan P. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
In higher education, faculty work is typically enacted--and rewarded--on an individual basis. Efforts to promote collaboration run counter to the individual and competitive reward systems that characterize higher education. Mentoring initiatives that promote faculty collaboration and support also defy the structural and cultural norms of higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Mentors
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Phillips, Susan L.; Dennison, Susan T.; Davenport, Mark A. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
In these economic times, retention of new faculty, particularly minority and international faculty, is a high priority. In this study, retention of new faculty from 2006 to 2013 was compared for participants and nonparticipants in a formal mentoring program. Retention was 92% for participating faculty and 58% for nonparticipating new faculty. For…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Mentors, Minority Group Teachers, African American Teachers
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Andersen, Kent; Lom, Barbara; Sandlin, Betsy A. – To Improve the Academy, 2016
One goal of faculty development is to improve instructional practice (McKee, Johnson, Ritchie, & Tew, 2013; Ouellett 2010; Sorcinelli, Austin, Eddy, & Beach, 2006). This goal accords with the design of the Associated Colleges of the South Teaching and Learning Workshop, a faculty development workshop begun in 1992 for 16 residential,…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Faculty Development, Workshops, Higher Education
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Brinkley-Etzkorn, Karen Elizabeth; Schumann, David; White, Beth; Smith, Tiffany – To Improve the Academy, 2016
Individual instructor consultation is a common service provided by centers focused on educational development in higher education. The importance of this service has been reflected in its history, increasing demand, and strong anecdotal evidence to its effectiveness. However, the extant literature reveals that comprehensive assessment of…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Consultants, Higher Education, Consultation Programs
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Burdick, Dakin; Doherty, Tim; Schoenfeld, Naomi – To Improve the Academy, 2015
For faculty development events to have the greatest impact on campus practice, faculty developers need to attract and include as many faculty members as possible at their events. This article describes the testing of a checklist regarding faculty attendance at professional development events through a survey of 238 faculty members at small…
Descriptors: Teacher Participation, Faculty Development, Teacher Surveys, Check Lists
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Schroeder, Connie – To Improve the Academy, 2015
In recent decades, the work of educational developers in Centers of Teaching and Learning (CTLs) is complex and diverse. The wide range of services and programs makes it difficult understand the mission and purpose of CTLs and communicate this effectively. The Center Mission Matrix Tool enables analysis and articulation of all facets of the…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Institutional Mission, Matrices, Organizational Communication
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Calderwood, Patricia E.; Klaf, Suzanna – To Improve the Academy, 2015
E. R. Smith, P. E. Calderwood, F. Dohm, and P. Gill Lopez's (2013) model of integrated mentoring within a community of practice framework draws attention to how mentoring as practice, identity, and process gives shape and character to a community of practice for higher education faculty and alerts us to several challenges such a framework makes…
Descriptors: Mentors, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Higher Education
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Tovar, Mariela; Jukier, Rosalie; Ferris, Jennie; Cardoso, Kristen – To Improve the Academy, 2015
This article describes a multiyear Faculty Learning Community (FLC) program as a strategy to overcome pedagogical solitude (Shulman, 1993) in a discipline-specific context. Participant interviews shed light on their FLC experiences and perceived impact on their teaching and students' learning. Grounded within the particularities of the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Isolation, Interviews, Readiness
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Wright, Mary C.; Schram, Laura N.; Gorman, Kristen S. – To Improve the Academy, 2015
Effective consulting is a key skill for educational developers. Although most educational developers are new to the field, there is limited research about how new practitioners develop consulting skills. The key research question this study explores is: How do new graduate teaching consultants develop as practitioners? This study empirically…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Development, Consultants, Models
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Boyd, Diane E.; Baudier, Josie; Stromie, Traci – To Improve the Academy, 2015
Despite the attempts to target success and predisposition to taking risks to promote innovation, sometimes educational developers encounter moments where they fail to meet expectations set forth--by their institutions, colleagues, or themselves. Attempts to avoid potential failures can stymie the creative process, preventing them from meeting…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Expectation, Fear, Failure
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Rich, Telvis – To Improve the Academy, 2015
The author explored the intrinsic factors that foster job satisfaction of adjunct faculty members working in the southeastern United States. The literature concerning adjunct work experiences is limited, although adjuncts comprise the great majority of the faculty pool in many community and technical colleges. Twenty-seven adjuncts' work…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Job Satisfaction, Influences, Performance Factors
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Baker, Vicki L.; Lunsford, Laura G.; Pifer, Meghan J. – To Improve the Academy, 2015
Using an alignment framework, the authors explore faculty development initiatives in liberal arts colleges in order to understand the connection between organizational priorities and processes as connected to faculty members' stated needs. The study draws on mixed-methods data from The Initiative for Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Faculty Development, College Faculty, Liberal Arts
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Brown, Marie Kendall; Ralston, Patricia A. S.; Baumgartner, Kathy B.; Schreck, Melissa A. – To Improve the Academy, 2015
This paper describes 2 "strategic partnering" and "interdisciplinary collaboration" case studies between a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and an academic unit at a mid-sized metropolitan research university in the American Midwest. These faculty development partnerships were developed to meet the unique needs of faculty…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Partnerships in Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Studies
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Palmer, Michael S.; Bach, Dorothe J.; Streifer, Adriana C. – To Improve the Academy, 2014
To enrich the resources for measuring the impact of educational development work, we have created a rubric to assess the degree to which a syllabus achieves a learning orientation. The rubric provides qualitative descriptions of components that distinguish learning-focused syllabi and uses a quantitative scoring system that places syllabi on a…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Scoring Rubrics, Course Descriptions, Summative Evaluation
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