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The following books promoting faculty expertise are located on the TLC Reference Shelf at the AU Library and may be checked out by AU faculty or students.

Teaching

A Guide to Faculty Development 2nd Edition (Gillespie & Robertson)

This essential book offers an introduction to the topic, includes twenty-three chapters by leading experts in the field, and provides the most relevant information on a range of faculty development topics including establishing and sustaining a faculty development program; the key issues of assessment, diversity, and technology; and faculty development across institutional types, career stages, and organizations. 


What the Best College Teachers Do 1st Edition (Bain)

What makes a great teacher great? Which professors are remembered by students long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators. 


The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills 6th Edition (Saphier)

This "gold standard" textbook now in its sixth edition has been used extensively in many colleges and school districts across the U.S. and in a number of places around the world for studying generic pedagogy aka the Knowledge Base on Teaching. Designed for both the novice and the experienced educator, The Skillful Teacher is a unique synthesis of the knowledge base on teaching with powerful repertoires for matching teaching strategies to student needs. 


The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom 3rd Edition (Brookfield)

This essential book offers an introduction to the topic, includes twenty-three chapters by leading experts in the field, and provides the most relevant information on a range of faculty development topics including establishing and sustaining a faculty development program; the key issues of assessment, diversity, and technology; and faculty development across institutional types, career stages, and organizations. 

Leadership in the Classroom

The Skillful Leader: Confronting Mediocre Teaching 1st Edition (Platt)

Based on The Skillful Teacher framework, this book is targeted to evaluators and supervisors who want a field-tested tool kit of strategies to improve, rather than remove, underperforming teachers. The text includes valuable legal notes and a model contract, case studies, assessment tools, and personal accounts of leaders in action.


Transforming Ineffective Teams: Maximizing Collaboration's Impact on Learning: The Skillful Leader II (Platt)

This important book in The Skillful Leader series arms administrators and teacher leaders with step-by-step strategies to confront and raise the performance of teams and individuals who undermine student learning. The text includes methods of collecting data, strategies for intervention, and tips for hiring and training. Individual and community profiles, together with legal notes, provide practical tools for busy leaders.


Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation (Brown)

This essential book offers an introduction to the topic, includes twenty-three chapters by leading experts in the field, and provides the most relevant information on a range of faculty development topics including establishing and sustaining a faculty development program; the key issues of assessment, diversity, and technology; and faculty development across institutional types, career stages, and organizations. 


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Pink)

This essential book offers an introduction to the topic, includes twenty-three chapters by leading experts in the field, and provides the most relevant information on a range of faculty development topics including establishing and sustaining a faculty development program; the key issues of assessment, diversity, and technology; and faculty development across institutional types, career stages, and organizations. 

Writing

A Writer’s Reference, 8th Edition (Hacker & Sommers)

Rules for Writers is a college writer's companion that covers writing, grammar, research, and documentation in an extremely affordable and portable spiral-bound format. The seventh edition actually teaches students how to make better use of their handbook. With new material about how to integrate the handbook into lessons and class activities, Rules for Writers is an even more useful tool for instructors.


Rules for Writers, 8th Edition (Hacker & Sommers)

Rules for Writers is a college writer's companion that covers writing, grammar, research, and documentation in an extremely affordable and portable spiral-bound format. The seventh edition actually teaches students how to make better use of their handbook. With new material about how to integrate the handbook into lessons and class activities, Rules for Writers is an even more useful tool for instructors.


The Elements of Style, 4th Edition (Strunk & White)

An absolute classic and seminal resource for writers.  This timeless book will help anyone who wishes to provide written expression in the best possible manner.

Web Design

Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics 4th Edition (Robbins)

Learn how to use the latest techniques, best practices, and current web standards—including HTML5 and CSS3. Each chapter provides exercises to help you to learn various techniques, and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts. You’ll begin at square one, learning how the Web and web pages work, and then steadily build from there. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple site with multi-column pages that adapt for mobile devices.


Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design 3rd Edition (Pouncey)

This essential book offers an introduction to the topic, includes twenty-three chapters by leading experts in the field, and provides the most relevant information on a range of faculty development topics including establishing and sustaining a faculty development program; the key issues of assessment, diversity, and technology; and faculty development across institutional types, career stages, and organizations. 


Learning Web App Development: Build Quickly with Proven JavaScript Techniques 1st Edition (Purewal)

Grasp the fundamentals of web application development by building a simple database-backed app from scratch, using HTML, JavaScript, and other open source tools. Through hands-on tutorials, this practical guide shows inexperienced web app developers how to create a user interface, write a server, build client-server communication, and use a cloud-based service to deploy the application. 

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