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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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)

Wergin, Jon. Departments that Work (Anker Publishing Company Inc 2003) Evaluation in departments is widespread but often fails to spark positive change. Based on his extensive work with academic departments across the country, Wergin explains that successful department evaluation exists only when faculty and departments have a strong influence on the purposes, processes, and methods of evaluation. The central purpose of Departments That Work is how academic programs can make evaluation more useful and critical reflection more likely. (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)

O’Meara, Terosky, Neumann. Faculty Careers and Work Lives: A Professional Growth Perspective. Volum 34. No. 3 (Jossey-Bass, 2008) This volume reviews and synthesizes recent research on faculty demographics, appointment types, work life, and reward systems, as well as major theoretical perspectives useful to researchers who study faculty work, careers, and professional development. In doing so, it advances and challenges current dialogue on faculty careers, notably by exploring a “narrative of constraint” that underlies much contemporary research and reform in higher education. (Amazon)

McDonald, William M. Creating Campus Community: In search of Ernest Boyer’s Legacy (Jossey-Bass, 2002) This book reviews the impact of Boyer’s leadership, as well as the current state of the higher education community in a number of ways: a review of the higher education community in a number of ways: a review of the current calling of campus community is explored; students’ perceptions of community, based on varying institutional variables, are identified and described; community-building models (inspired by Campus Life) at five different colleges and universities are described; and new and developing community visions are identified, along with the next steps higher education must take to reclaim and strengthen community on campus. Finally, this book is intended to be a resource for practitioners–faculty, staff, and students–who seek to cultivate and maintain the spirit of community that should undergird the college experience. (Preface)

Scott, Virginia M. Double Talk: Deconstructing Monolingualism in Classroom Second Language Learning (Prentice Hall, 2009) Intended for current and future foreign language teaching professionals, volumes in the Theory and Practice in Second Language Classroom Instruction series examine issues in teaching and learning in language classrooms. The topics selected and the discussions of them draw in principled ways on theory and practice in a range of fields, including second language acquisition, foreign language education, educational policy, language policy, linguistics, and other areas of applied linguistics.  Double Talk draws on six real-life stories of second language use and their implications for teaching today’s language students by challenging the notion of a monolingual standard for our classrooms while pursuing a bilingual objective. (Amazon)

Ed: Saltmarsh, Hartley.  “To Serve a Larger Purpose” Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple University Press, 2012) “To Serve a Larger Purpose” calls for the reclamation of the original democratic purposes of civic engagement and provides an examination of the requisite transformation of higher education required to achieve it. The contributors and editors to this extremely timely and relevant volume effectively highlight the current practice of civic engagement and point to the institutional change needed to realize its democratic ideals. Using multiple perspectives, “To Serve a Larger Purpose” explores the democratic processes and purposes that reorient civic engagement to what the editors call “democratic engagement.” The norms of democratic engagement are determined by values such as inclusiveness, collaboration, participation, task sharing, and reciprocity in public problem solving, and an equality of respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone contributes to education, knowledge generation, and community building. This book shrewdly rethinks the culture of higher education. (Amazon)

Bowen, Jose Antonio.  Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) Winner of the 2014 Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the AAC&U for its contributions “to the understanding and improvement of liberal education.” You’ve heard about “flipping your classroom” — now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize “naked” face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments. (Amazon)

Brown, Tim.  Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation (HarperBusiness, 2009) The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This book introduces the idea of design thinking‚ the collaborative process by which the designer′s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people′s needs not only with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy. In short‚ design thinking converts need into demand. It′s a human−centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and more creative. (Amazon)

Felten, Bauman, Kheriaty, Taylor.  Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 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. (Wiley)