Effective College and University Teaching
Strategies and Tactics for the New Professoriate
- William Buskist - Auburn University, USA
- Victor A. Benassi - University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA
Using empirical research, Effective College and University Teaching gives faculty and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) effective strategies and tactics for pursuing excellence in their teaching, be it in the classroom or online. Whereas the majority of books on college and university teaching are how-to books, this volume provides both the rationale and a detailed guide for how to use these practices and teach them to others. Written by leading scholars and master teachers, this book outlines, reviews, and discusses best practices for becoming an effective undergraduate teacher. Aimed at the professional development of professors and graduate students, this text provides full coverage of those topics central to effective teaching practices such as developing a teaching philosophy, becoming an ethical teacher, and fostering active learning in the classroom.
“As the editors point out, this text offers a good measure of rationale theory as well as practical aspects. This is critical for two reasons. One, this approach allows for a cogent verification process of the ideas in the text via empirical research. Second, this allows, from a practical perspective, TAs and their trainers to understand why things work the way they do (or at least should) and how to make adjustments (and the reasons that should underlie those adjustments) if things to not work.”
“This is a very exciting project and I am looking forward to it being published. Apart from being helmed by two exemplary teachers (and great individuals), there is a strong line up of authors. Although there are many other books out there with information that overlaps, the thrust of this book as nicely specified in the proposal takes a voice and direction that none of the other mentioned books take (and I have seen them all). Together with the fact that this will be the most up to date book of the lot it takes the perspective of educating GTA supervisors and is not just a 'tips' book.”