Due to the ever-changing pandemic situation, PACE has cancelled our annual New Faculty Investment event. This event worked to introduce the resources available at SHSU to new faculty members. Despite this cancellation, we still intend to supply new faculty with the information they need to have a successful first-year of teaching. To achieve this goal, we have created a biweekly newsletter that focuses on the needs of new faculty called Hey, Howdy, Hello. Our intentions with this newsletter is to provide a brief introduction to the different resources on campus that new faculty can refer back to when necessary.
Here are several excellent books on teaching in higher ed that we recommend. You, as new faculty, can choose one, and we will purchase it for you and send to your office or address of your choosing.
Small Teaching, by James Lang. Based on the concept of small changes you can make that have large effects on learning, the chapters summarize the evidence for certain teaching and learning approaches then practical advice on how to apply each method. Examples include retrieval practice, interleaving, and predictions. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1541-4329.12168
Small Teaching Online, by Lang and Flower Darby. Released this year, this is based on the same concept of small changes that affect student learning. It focuses on online course design along with student learning and motivation. The strength again is discussions of evidence followed by practical teaching advice and examples. https://medium.com/tech-based-teaching/summer-reading-book-review-small-teaching-online-by-flower-darby-with-james-m-lang-ec8139bd9bc2 Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel. If you want the full discussion of the research in the field of teaching and learning at the college level, this one is for you. Well researched in cognitive psychology and learning studies. https://www.aliem.com/tldr-book-review-make-it-stick/ Powerful Teaching, by Pooja Agarwall and Patrice Bain. Many of you may know Pooja as the founder of RetrievalPractice.org and a respected cognitive psychologist. This recent book applies research to teaching methods such as spaced practice, retrieval, and metacognition strategies. https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/psychology-teacher-network/activities-books/powerful-teaching Understanding How We Learn, by Yana Weinstein, Megan Sumeracki, and Oliver Caviglioli. This visual guide to the science of learning was written by two of the fantastic LearningScientists.org (Weinstein and Sumeracki). Cindy Nebel from LS was our keynote speaker this year for our SHSU Teaching & Learning Conference. This text summarizes the basics of human cognitive processes, then gives evidence-based strategies for effective learning. https://www.learningscientists.org/book
Please choose one, and fill out the survey which one you want and where to send it (campus mail to your office or USPS to another address). We hope one of these quality resources can enhance your teaching.