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Teaching Strategies

CETL Educational Information Series

1.   Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education is based on the famous 1991 article "Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson.

2.   What is Cooperative Learning? answers that question by describing the five key elements that characterize cooperative learning according to Roger T. and David W. Johnson.

3.   Getting Started, based on an article by Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent, outlines several suggestions for getting a course off to a good start.

4.   Six Easy Pieces, describes six ways to enhance the climate for teaching and learning in your classroom.

5.   Ten Principles of Academic Integrity is closely based on an article by Donald L. McCabe and Gary Pavela, College Administration Publications.

6.   The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Professors, written especially for an accountability-minded reader, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey, 1989) provides a practical foundation on which to build successful recruiting, retention, completion, and placement strategies. This summary of a chapter from Teaching College in an Age of Accountability (Lyons, 2003) describes how these habits can be successfully applied to the college classroom.

7.   Make Your Class Great, these seven guidelines, taken from The Professor in the Classroom by Robert L. DeBruyn (Copyright 2000 by The MASTER Teacher, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.), represent another perspective to creating a meaningful, student-centered, innovative, academically stimulating classroom where students learn.

8.   The New Faculty Member, entry into the profession is, if anything, harder now than it used to be. Even institutions that historically emphasized undergraduate education are pushing their new faculty members to build strong funding and publication records in their first three years. But most institutions still do little or nothing to help the newcomers make the transition from graduate student to assistant professor. Robert Boice, head of a faculty teaching center at SUNYStony Brook, has spent many years studying faculty members in their first three to four years. This summary of a column by Rebecca Brent and Richard M. Felder (Chemical Engineering Education, 32(3), Summer 1998) outlines some of Boices main points.

9.   Be an Effective Professor, James Stice is a veteran professor with nearly fifty years of engineering teaching experience. These ten general strategies for effective teaching are taken from an article by him entitled "Ten Habits of Highly Effective Teachers" (ASEE Prism, 11/98).

10. The Ten Commandments of Tenure Success, there are hundreds of published articles and many books on the subject of tenure. One of the best sources for beginning faculty is Getting Tenure by M. Whicker, J. Kornenfeld, and R. Strickland (© 1993, Sage Publications). In it, the authors tell you how to manage your tenure case and then step you carefully through the tenure process in a way that helps you meet your institutions research, teaching, and service criteria. Many of the key points in the book are summarized in the authors Ten Commandments of Tenure Success, listed here (reprinted with permission).

11.  Rules for Rookies, This article is based on one that appeared in the “Teaching Toolbox” of the ASEE: Connections Issue October 2011 by Margaret Loftus. It is based on an article by Stephan Durham and Wes Marshall, who had little to go on as newly minted assistant professors of civil engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver and looked to each other for advice. Both had only limited teaching experience as graduate students and teamed up to write a joint paper, “Tips for Succeeding as a New Engineering Assistant Professor,” delivered at ASEE’s 2011 annual conference. Here are some pointers offered by them, Richard Felder, Donna Llewellyn, and other experts. 

12.  Strategies for International Students,  In general, Kettering faculty and staff need to be aware of the difficulties of international students as they adjust to a new lifestyle. In addition to language differences, cultural differences play a major role in their success at Kettering.

13.  Reflections on Leadership, from Distinguished Faculty Speaker Presentation by Dr.  Robert L. Simpson