CILA Faculty Resource Library

The CILA Faculty Resource Library provides books on topics of interest to faculty and academic administrators. All the books listed are available to borrow from the collection in Tomson Hall 283. For most titles, copies are also available in Bridge2.

You can browse and search the spreadsheet of library titles in the window below or in Google Sheets here.

Recent Additions:

InSight: A Collection of Faculty Scholarship (Park University, 2014) InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching includes original manuscripts with a focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) from scholars across the disciplines. The articles address the following: methods and practices of scholarly teaching; critical analyses of the scholarship of teaching and learning; theoretical and empirically-based research articles with practical application possibility; case studies; scholarly analyses and reflective accounts of teaching and learning; teaching narratives that promote conversations about SoTL’s value as a tool for advancing student learning. Articles present practical and informed applications of teaching, and address specific issues relating to real classroom experience. Theoretical issues covered are rooted in practice. (InSight)

Barkley, Elizabeth. Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2014) Engaging students in active learning is a predominant theme in today’s classrooms. To promote active learning, teachers across the disciplines and in all kinds of colleges are incorporating collaborative learning into their teaching. “Collaborative Learning Techniques” is a scholarly and well-written handbook that guides teachers through all aspects of group work, providing solid information on what to do, how to do it, and why it is important to student learning. Synthesizing the relevant research and good practice literature, the authors present detailed procedures for thirty collaborative learning techniques (CoLTs) and offer practical suggestions on a wide range of topics, including how to form groups, assign roles, build team spirit, solve problems, and evaluate and grade student participation. (Amazon)

Sibley, Jim. Getting Started With Team-Based Learning (Stylus Publishing, 2014) Written by five authors who use TBL in their teaching and who are internationally recognized as mentors and trainers of faculty making the switch to TBL, the book also presents the tips and insights of 46 faculty members from around the world who have adopted this teaching method. TBL is a uniquely powerful form of small group learning. It harnesses the power of teams and social learning with accountability structures and instructional sequences. This book provides the guidance, from first principles to examples of practice, together with concrete advice, suggestions, and tips to help you succeed in the TBL classroom. This book will help you understand what TBL is and why it is so powerful. You will find what you need to plan, build, implement, and use TBL effectively. This book will appeal to both the novice and the expert TBL teacher. (Amazon)

Chu, Don. The Department Chair Primer (Stylus Publishing, 2012) The Department Chair Primer provides the practical information that chairs need to do their jobs well. Many of the book’s ideas come from practicing chairs and are proven strategies for dealing with a variety of issues. Each chapter details a particular problem, includes a brief introduction to the topic, provides tips on how to deal with the situation, and concludes with targeted questions for further consideration. Its concise format is ideal for busy chairs which need a brief but informative resource. The second edition has been revised to reflect new pressures and challenges in higher education and the increasing importance of department chairs in responding to them. (Amazon)

Felten, Peter. Transformative Conversations (John Wiley & Sons, 2013) From the Inter-generational Mentoring Community project, which develops the next generation of academic leaders, comes formation mentoring, a process to enable faculty to recover, sustain, and further develop a sense of vocation, mission, and purpose. This book is a concise and practical guide to convening and sustaining these kinds of formation mentoring groups in higher education. It provides the necessary direction and structure to orient the process but is open-ended enough to apply across many settings and professional or educational disciplines. (Amazon)

Buller, Jeffrey L. The Essential Department Chair (John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2012) Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition of the classic book The Essential Department Chair is comprehensive and up-to-date. The new edition incorporates many timely topics and is now truly more than a guide—it’s a much-needed desk reference, a book that includes “everything you need to know to be a department chair.” The book contains a wealth of new case studies and shows new department chairs how the guidelines would perform in a real-life situation. (Amazon)

Berg, Paige. Student Learning Abroad (Stylus Publishing, 2012) Student Learning Abroad reviews the dominant paradigms of study abroad; marshals rigorous research findings, with emphasis on recent studies that offer convincing evidence about what undergraduates are or are not learning; brings to bear the latest knowledge about human learning and development that raises questions about the very foundations of current theory and practice; and presents six examples of study abroad courses or programs whose interventions apply this knowledge. This book provokes readers to reconsider long-held assumptions, beliefs and practices about teaching and learning in study abroad and to reexamine the design and delivery of their programs. In doing so, it provides a new foundation for responding to the question that may faculty and staff are now asking: What do I need to know, and what do I need to be able to do, to help my students learn and develop more effectively abroad? (Amazon)