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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.


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)

Discover how to keep your teaching, and your students, energized with The Skillful Teacher, a practical guide to effective techniques, approaches, and methods for today's college classrooms. Providing insights, reflections, and advice from his four decades of college teaching, Stephen Brookfield now adapts his successful methods to teaching online, working with diverse student populations, and making classrooms truly inclusive. 

Making Good Instructors Great: Instructional Tactics and Assessment Techniques Handbook (Schaatz)

This book describes the USMC Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) initiative and, more importantly, instructional methods and assessment techniques that Marine instructors can use to train/educate SUDM skills.

Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills and Motivation (McGuire)

Saundra McGuire’s presentations and workshops on metacognition and student learning have enabled faculty to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success. The methods she proposes do not require restructuring courses, nor inordinate amounts of time to learn. They can transform students from memorizers and regurgitators to students who begin to think critically and take responsibility for their own learning. McGuire offers the reader a step-by-step process for delivering the key messages of the book to students in as little as 50 minutes. 

Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty (Talbert)

Flipped learning is an approach to the design and instruction where students gain their first exposure to new concepts and material prior to class, thus freeing up time during class for the activities where students typically need the most help. Robert Talbert offers faculty a practical, step-by-step, “how-to” to this powerful teaching method.



Marine Corps Instructor Mastery Model (Ross, Phillips & Lineberger)

This document contains a five-stage descriptive model of the developmental process of U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) instructors, advisors, and faculty members (hereafter referenced as instructors) from novice to expert. The model was developed based on interviews conducted with a wide range of Marine instructors. The purpose of the model is to provide insights both into how individuals progressively develop into high-performing instructors and what indicators can be observed and assessed during each stage of performance. The model described in this report contains Key Performance Areas (KPAs), performance indicators for each stage of development, and a description of the transition factors to target in order to support growth from stage to stage.

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Lang)

This book presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques. 

The Active Learning Classroom: Strategies for Practical Educators (Creekmore & Deaton)

The goal of the book is simple: to improve student achievement by helping teachers implement active learning strategies in the classroom. Numerous studies indicate a positive correlation between engagement and achievement. For this reason, the teacher is the most important component of the learning process, as he/she is ultimately responsible for creating an atmosphere conducive to student achievement. Active Learning has proven to be one of the most important tools for engaging students, promoting skills in motivation, higher-order thinking, communication, creative thinking, and problem-solving. These skills are difficult to foster in the traditional ‘sage on a stage’ model. Educators must learn to adopt a new ‘guide on the side’ teaching paradigm whereby traditional instruction is supplemented by active learning strategies.

Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Barkley)

Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and includes over one hundred tips, strategies, and techniques that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources. 

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Brown, Roediger & McDaniel)

Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement. 

Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms (Hoidn)

This book aims to develop a situative educational model to guide the design and implementation of powerful student-centered learning environments in higher education classrooms. Rooted in educational science, Hoidn contributes knowledge in the fields of general pedagogy, and more specifically, higher education learning and instruction. The text will support instructors, curriculum developers, faculty developers, administrators, and educational managers from all disciplines in making informed instructional decisions with regard to course design, classroom interaction, and community building and is also of relevance to educators from other formal and informal educational settings aside from higher education. 

Leaving ADDIE for SAM: An Agile Model for developing the Best Learning Experiences (Allen)

The ADDIE process is past its prime. It was developed long before Agile and other iterative processes that have introduced greater efficiencies in design and development, fostered more creativity, and addressed effective stakeholder involvement. Leaving ADDIE for SAM introduces two new concepts―SAM, the Successive Approximation Model, and the Savvy Start. Together, they incorporate contemporary design and development processes that simplify instructional design and development, yielding more energetic and effective learning experiences. This book is a must-read for all learning professionals who have a desire to let go of outdated methodologies and start creating better, faster training products today.

The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain (Doyle & Zakrajsek)

This is a path-breaking book. Faculties have been learning about how the mind works, and this book spreads the message to students, who need it just as much. More sophisticated and empirically grounded than any study skills manual, this book addresses all the major research findings on how the human brain learns. And it does so using language and examples that students can easily understand and immediately apply to enhance their attention, depth of processing, retention, retrieval, and far-transfer abilities. Plus, each chapter ends with excellent summaries and scholarly references.

What the Best College Students Do (Bain)

The author of the best-selling What the Best College Teachers Do is back with humane, doable, and inspiring help for students who want to get the most out of their education. The first thing they should do? Think beyond the transcript. Use this time to cultivate habits of thought that enable learning, growth, and adaptation throughout life.

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 book introduces the idea of design thinking, the collaborative process by which the designerʹs sensibilities and methods are employed to match peopleʹs needs not only with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy. In short, design thinking converts need into demand. Itʹs a human-centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and more creative. 

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

In his book, Pink argues that the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. 

Educational Assessment of Students, 8th Edition (Nitko & Brookhart)

This book offers information about the basics of educational measurement and step-by-step instructions on how to use and construct formative and summative assessments for classroom teaching. The text provides complete coverage of educational assessment, including developing plans that integrate teaching and assessment; using formative assessment strategies and providing effective feedback to students; crafting objective, performance, and portfolio assessments; and evaluating students and discussing evaluations with them.

Active Learning: A Practical Guide for College Faculty (Weimer)

Interest in active learning on college campuses has grown dramatically in recent years. While no one sees traditional classroom practices ending, active learning has become a sought-after mode of instruction that is reshaping the way students learn and teachers teach. As with any promising but disruptive change to established norms, making active learning work efficiently can be problematic. Fortunately, it's easier than ever to learn from instructors at schools across the country who have integrated active learning into their classes. Their experiences and best practices for achieving success in active learning have been collected in this definitive, comprehensive resource. 


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

The best-selling classic tabbed handbook is available in a version that conveniently includes nearly one hundred integrated exercise sets for plenty of practice with the grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics topics offered in the handbook. The answers to some items appear in the back of the book.

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. 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.

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (Bean)

Learn to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporate them into your courses in a way that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion, and debate. This is a practical nuts-and-bolts guide for teachers from any discipline, integrating critical thinking with writing-across-the-curriculum approaches. Bean shows how teachers from any discipline can incorporate these activities into their resident, online, and blended/hybrid courses.

Developmental Exercises for Rules for Writers (Van Goor & Hacker)

This companion workbook to Rules for Writers provides opportunities for learners and faculty to solidify concepts and practices.


The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition (University of Chicago Press)

This 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has been prepared around how we find, create, and cite information that readers are as likely to access from their pockets as from a bookshelf. The citation chapters reflect social media posts and comments, private messages, and app content—and also offer updated guidelines on time stamps and e-book locators.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (American Psychological Association)

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences. It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 8th Edition (Turabian)

The Manual for Writers continues to be the gold standard for generations of college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines. Now in its eighth edition, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations has been fully revised to meet the needs of today’s writers and researchers.

Student's Guide to Writing College Papers, 4th Edition (Turbian)

Students all need to know how to write a well-reasoned, coherent research paper—and for decades Kate Turabian’s Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers has helped them to develop this critical skill. In the new fourth edition of Turabian’s popular guide, the team behind Chicago’s widely respected The Craft of Research has reconceived and renewed this classic for today’s generation. The book introduces students to the art of defining a topic, doing high-quality research with limited resources, and writing an engaging and solid college paper.

Reading Critically, Writing Well, 11th Edition (Axelrod, Cooper & Warriner)

With more critical reading coverage than any other composition reader, Reading Critically, Writing Well helps students read for meaning and read like a writer, and it guides them to use what they've learned in their writing. Each of the book’s 8 assignment chapters includes a specific guide to reading that challenges students to analyze the authors’ techniques as well as a step-by-step guide to writing and revising that helps them apply these techniques to their own essays.

MLA Handbook, 8th Edition (Modern Language Association)

Shorter and redesigned for easy use, the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook guides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It then shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list.

They Say, I Say: the Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, 3rd Edition (Graff & Birkenstein)

They Say, I Say identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. Because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and writing about literature.

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 resource provides information on using CSS along with HTML, XHTML, and XML to create Web sites, covering such topics as Document Type Declaration, fonts, text, positioning, and styling of tables. 

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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