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Engaged Teaching: A Handbook for College Faculty


Authors:  Claire Howell Major, Elizabeth F. Barkley

Published: February 24, 2002

UTHSC Library

Teaching today can be tough, but when done effectively, it can also be a deeply rewarding profession. To become an effective teacher is to begin by being an engaged teacher—intellectually, emotionally, and conatively grappling with the art and craft of teaching. Engaged Teaching: A Handbook for College Faculty provides college faculty with a dynamic model of what it means to be an engaged teacher along with practical strategies and techniques for putting the model into practice. It simultaneously offers a comprehensive but concise survey of theory, research, and practical strategies necessary for improving teaching and learning in higher education. In particular, this text provides instructors with a deeper understanding of the foundations of college teaching, course design, the classroom learning environment, instructional methods, and teaching improvement.

Acclaim for Engaged Teaching:

“…Whether you are an educational developer looking for one book to share with your teaching staff, or a university teacher wanting to choose one book to help improve your teaching, this is the book you’ve been searching for. It’s a book I’ve been searching for for years.” — Robert Gray, Associate Professor of University Pedagogy, University of Bergen, Norway

“In this fabulously comprehensive introduction to better teaching, Barkley and Major provide a clear framework and practical tools for improvement…from learning theories and assessment strategies to inclusion and visual design succinctly in this brief but substantial handbook.” — José Antonio Bowen, Senior Fellow, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

“Designed to work in tandem with the K. Patricia Cross Academy, Engaged Teaching combines thoughtful summaries of relevant research along with descriptions of promising practices that educators can use right now—and build on.” — Pat Hutchings, Senior Scholar, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) / Senior Scholar, Bay View Alliance (BVA)

“The two foremost scholars of college teaching, Barkley and Major, have produced a user-friendly treasure trove of research-based information on engaged teaching in higher education.” — John M. Braxton, Professor Emeritus, Higher Education Leadership and Policy Program, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

“Inspired by K. Patricia Cross’s groundbreaking leadership in pedagogical innovation, Barkley and Major provide an invaluable resource for catalyzing the engaged teaching essential to preparing students for success in work, citizenship, and life in the 21st century.” — Lynn Pasquerella, President, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)