To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development

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An annual publication of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, volume 20 of To Improve the Academy is a collection of articles that reflects on elements of change within institutions of higher education. Combining theory and application, the authors offer useful suggestions and incorporate case studies that highlight the importance of understanding the role of the instructor in the student learning environment. Inviting readers to submit their opinions and inquiries, each chapter ends with the contact information of its author. To Improve the Academy, Volume 20 , is designed to inspire readers to think critically about their own observations and work in faculty development and higher education. The book is divided into three sections: Section I, The University: addresses the impact of faculty development on every individual, unit, or initiative that encompasses an institution Section II, Teaching and Learning Centers: makes evident the importance of faculty development centers and addresses the philosophies and services provided by them Section III, The Learner, The Professor, and The Learning Environment: offers recommendations for improving student learning through theoretical constructs Containing articles that cover all levels of the college and university, from the institution to the individual, this book is a scholarly work that also offers practical applications for readers at their own institutions.