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Book Recommendations on College Teaching

The question to the POD discussion list was simple enough... If you could give one book on college teaching to new tenure track faculty what would you recommend?  Would you recommend a different book for adjuncts and half-time faculty?

The responses were dynamic.

Please comment on your use of any of these books.  Share your impressions.  Share how you have generated discussions related to each book. 

You will also find book recommendations under the WikiPODia topic Teaching/Learning Community Reading List

Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K. P.  (1993).  Classroom assessment techniques:  A handbook for college teachers.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Bain, K. (2004).  What the best college teachers do.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Barkley, E. F.  (2009).  Student engagement techniques:  A handbook for college faculty.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey -Bass.

Bean, J. C.  (1996).  Engaging ideas:  The professor's guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Biggs. J.,  & Tang, C.  (2007).  Teaching for quality learning at university (3rd ed.).  Buckingham, UK:  The Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press.

Boice, R.  (2000).  Advice for new faculty members.  Boston, MA:  Allyn & Bacon.

Brinkley, A., Dessants, B., Flamm, M., Fleming, C., Forcey, C. B., & Rothchild, E.  (1999).  The Chicago handbook for teachers:  A practical guide to the college classroom.  Chicago, Illinois:  University of Chicago Press.

Brookfield, S. D.  (2006).  The skillful teacher:  On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom (2nd ed.).  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Davis, B.  (2009).  Tools for teaching (2nd ed.).  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Dews, C. L., & Law, C. L.  (1995).  This fine place so far from home:  Voices of academics from the working class.  Philadelphia, PA:  Temple University Press.

Dunlosky, J, & Metcalfe, J.  (2009).  Metacognition.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Entwistle, N.  (2009).  Teaching for understanding at university:  Deep approaches and distinctive ways of thinking.   New York:  Palgrave Macmillan.

Filene, P.  (2005).  The joy of teaching:  A practical guide for new college instructors.  Chapel Hill, NC:  The University of North Carolina Press.

Fink, D.  (2003).  Creating significant learning experiences:  An integrated approach to designing college courses.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Finkel, D. L.  (2000).  Teaching with your mouth shut.  Portsmouth, NH:  Boynton/Cook.

Gareis, S., & Grant, L.  (2008). Teacher-made assessments.  Larchmont, NY:  Eye on Education.

hooks, b.  (1994).  Teaching to transgress:  Education as the practice of freedom.  New York:  Routledge.

Huston, T.  (2009).  Teaching what you don’t know.  Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press.

Jones, T. B.  (2005).  The missing professor.  An academic mystery informal case studies/discussion stories for faculty development.  Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishing.

Jones, T. B.  (2010).  Deadly professors: A faculty development mystery.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

King, P. M., & Kitchener, K. S.  (1994).  Developing reflective judgment.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Lang, J. M.  (2008).  On course: a week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching.  Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press.

Leamnson, R.  (1999).  Thinking about teaching and learning - Developing habits of learning with first year college and university students.  Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishing.

Lindley, D. A.  (1993).  This rough magic the life of teaching.  Westport, CT:  Bergin & Garvey.

Loaker, G. (Ed.). (2000).  Self assessment at Alverno College.  Milwaukee, WI:  Alverno College.

Millis, B. (Ed.).  (2010).  Cooperative learning in higher education:  Across the disciplines, across the academy.  Sterling, VA:  Stylus Publishing.

Nuhfer, E. B., & others.  (2006).  A handbook for student management teams.  Camarillo, CA:  California State University of the Channel Islands.  Retrieved from and (Select both URLs download the whole handbook).

Parini, J.  (2005).  The art of teaching.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

Possner, M., & Trigwell, K.  (1999).  Understanding learning and teaching: The experience of higher education. Buckinghan, England:  Open University Press.  

Ramsden, P.  (2003).  Learning to teach in higher education (2nd ed.).  London:  Routledge Falmer.

Ranciere, J.  (1991).  The ignorant schoolmaster:  Five lessons in intellectual emancipation.  Palo Alto, CA:  Stanford University Press.

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). (2010).  Publishes the  Green Guides on topics of teaching in higher education.  Available from

Stevens, D. D., & Levi, A. J.  (2004).  Introduction to rubrics:  An assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback and promote student learning.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Svinicki, M., & McKeachie, W. J.  (2010).  McKeachie's teaching tips:  Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers (13th ed.).  Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth Publishing.

Walvoord, B. E. & Anderson, V. J.  (1998).  Effective grading:  A tool for learning and assessment.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Weimer, M.  (2002).  Learner-centered teaching:  Five key changes to practice.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Willingham, D. T.  (2010).  Why don't students like school:  A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey - Bass.

Zander, R. S., & Zander, B.  (2002).  The art of possibility:  Transforming professional and personal life.  New York:  Penguin.

Zull, J.  (2002).  The art of changing the brain:  Enriching the practice of teaching by exploring the biology of learning.  Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishing.


List of Contributors

List of Contributors
  • Rebecca Clemente, Professor, Department of Education, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois.