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.

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Robertson, Wayne. Writing Across Borders (Oregon State University, 2005) Writing Across Borders is a 3-year documentary project funded by Oregon State University’s Center for Writing and Learning and its Writing Intensive Curriculum Program. The documentary’s purpose is to help faculty, writing assistants, and other professionals work more productively with international students in writing environments. The film’s goal is to address some of the most significant challenges international students face when writing for American colleges and universities. In addressing these challenges, it asks the following questions: 1) How does culture play out in writing, and how are our expectations shaped by cultural preferences? 2) How do we assess international student writing when we have to grade it alongside the writing of native speakers, and how can we think about surface error in a fair and constructive manner? 3) What kinds of teaching and testing practices disadvantage international students and which help them improve as writers? (Robertson)

Pellegrino, James; Chudowsky, Naomi; Glaser, Robert. Knowing What Students Know (National Academy Press, 2001) Knowing What Students Know essentially explains how expanding knowledge in the scientific fields of human learning and educational measurement can form the foundations of an improved approach to assessment. These advances suggest ways that the targets of assessment-what students know and how well they know it-as well as the methods used to make inferences about student learning can be made more valid and instructionally useful. Principles for designing and using these new kinds of assessments are presented, and examples are used to illustrate the principles. Implications for policy, practice, and research are also explored. (Amazon)

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)

Schwehn, Kaethe; Lagerquist, L DeAne. Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts (Oxford University Press, 2014) Kaethe Schwehn and L. DeAne Lagerquist offer perspectives from fourteen professors at St. Olaf College on the value of vocation, showing how a focus on one’s calling rather than on success or credentials paves the way for the civic good sought by defenders of liberal arts education. The essays in this volume exemplify the reflective practices at the heart of liberal arts, for faculty and students alike. Martin E. Marty once said that “The vocation of St. Olaf is vocation,” and the contributors draw on their experiences teaching in a range of departments-from biology and economics to history and religion-to reflect on both their calling as professors and their practices for fostering students’ ability to identify their own vocations. These scholars’ varied notions of how vocation is best understood and cultivated reveal the differing religious commitments and pedagogical practices present within their college community. Together they demonstrate how the purposes of their own lives intersect creatively with the purposes of higher education and the needs of their students and the world. (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)

Quaye, Stephen John; Harper, Shaun. Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations (Routledge, 2008) Student Engagement in Higher Education is an important volume that fills a longstanding void in the higher education and student affairs literature. The editors and authors make clear that diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories, each chapter focuses on a different population for whom research confirms that engagement and connectivity to the college experience are problematic, including: low-income students, racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, LGBT students, and several others. The forward-thinking practical ideas offered throughout the book are based on the 41 contributors’ more than 540 cumulative years of full-time work experience in various capacities at two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. Faculty and administrators will undoubtedly find this book complete with fresh strategies to reverse problematic engagement trends among various college student populations. (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)

Wheeler, Daniel. The Academic Chair’s Handbook (John Wiley & Sons, 2008) Practically focused, easily accessible, this book is directly relevant to the academic environment in which department chairs operate. The authors—internationally known experts in academic administration—conducted interviews with department chairs and heads at 38 academic institutions from across the U.S. and Canada, public and private, two-year and four-year. The extensive interviews resulted in four thematic patterns that covered the overarching issues department chairs face: quality, change, culture, and leadership. Each chapter is packed with practical advice and concludes with questions and resources to help chairs develop constructive responses to the myriad issues facing them. (Amazon)

Bensimon, Estela Mara. Department Chair’s Role in Developing New Faculty Into Teachers and Scholars (Anker Publishing Company, 2000) The authors offer concrete advice and activities; model real-life situations; and provide examples of letters, checklists, and orientations that can be adapted to individual contexts. This book provides the tools chairs need to adapt habit and intuition into effective management practices. The authors’ advice will help new faculty succeed in their goals of teaching, research, and service and their new institutions, while ensuring department chairs achieve the mission and objective of their own units and the campus and college as a whole. (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)

Bland, Carole. Faculty Success Through Mentoring (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc, 2009) Few things are more essential to the success of an academic institution than vital faculty members. This book is a rich combination of findings from the literature and practical tools, which together assist academic leaders and faculty in implementing and participating in a successful formal mentoring program that can be used as a strategy for maintaining the vitality of a diverse faculty across all stages of an academic career. (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)