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July 23 , 2009

To Improve the Academy

Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development


An annual publication of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), To Improve the Academy offers a resource for improvement in higher education to faculty and instructional development staff, department chairs, faculty, deans, student services staff, chief academic officers, and educational consultants.

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Why is Africa, the cradle of Mankind, the second largest and second most populous continent in the world, endowed with abundant natural and mineral resources, the poorest on our planet? Who or what are responsible for this sad situation? Are the colonialists alone to blame? What has been the input of Africans in bringing about this predicament?…

Contents include:

  • Professional development for geographically dispersed faculty
  • Implementing a learning consortium for communication and change
  • Faculty engagement in program-level outcomes assessment
  • What educational developers need to know about faculty-artists
  • Exploring the spiritual roots of midcareer faculty
  • Raising funds from faculty for faculty development centers
  • Mentoring in higher education
  • Tough-love consulting in order to effect change
  • Research on the impact of educational development
  • Examining effective faculty practice
  • Insights on millennial students
  • Contemplative pedagogy of teaching and learning centers
  • Faculty and student perspectives on course evaluation terminology
  • Questions about student ratings
  • Small-group individual diagnosis to improve online instruction
  • Supporting international faculty
  • Complex ecologies of diversity, identity, teaching, and learning
  • Organizational strategies for fostering faculty racial inclusion
  • The truth about students' capacity for multitasking
  • Tweeting: the 2011 POD HBCUFDN Conference Twitter backchannel
  • Designing active learning with flexible technology
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