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Emery, Nathan; Maher, Jessica Middlemis; Ebert-May, Diane – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
Professional development in teaching is a critical component of ongoing work to improve student learning outcomes in higher education, especially STEM education. While there are many large-scale professional development programs designed to help participants change the way STEM is taught, few have thoroughly evaluated the outcomes to determine…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, STEM Education, Teaching Methods
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Mueller, Robin; Schroeder, Meadow – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
In response to global interest in the quality of post-secondary teaching, institutions are placing increasing emphasis on teaching development. This study evaluated the effect of a campus-wide, non-evaluative classroom observation initiative on teaching development at a post-secondary institution. A survey found that participants in this study…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Faculty, Observation, Peer Influence
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O'Meara, KerryAnn; Rivera, Mark; Kuvaeva, Alexandra; Corrigan, Kristen – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
This study explored the relationships between faculty scholarly learning, faculty teaching learning, institutional support, faculty demographics, disciplinary groups, working conditions, and career outcomes such as retention, productivity, satisfaction, and career agency. We found that the stronger the scholarly learning faculty members reported,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Work Environment, College Faculty, Higher Education
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Guetterman, Timothy C.; Mitchell, Nancy – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
With increased demands for institutional accountability and improved student learning, involvement in assessment has become a fundamental role of higher education faculty (Rhodes, 2010). However, faculty members and administrators often question whether assessment efforts do indeed improve student learning (Hutchings, 2010). This mixed methods…
Descriptors: Leadership Role, Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Mixed Methods Research
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Niehaus, Elizabeth; Williams, Letitia – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Curriculum transformation is often cited as one of the key strategies for internationalizing higher education in the United States, and faculty members play a central role in this process. The purpose of the study we report here was to explore the potential for professional development initiatives to foster the transformation in perspectives…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Curriculum Development, College Faculty, Barriers
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Banasik, MaryJo D.; Dean, Jennifer L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Institutions of higher education are increasingly hiring non-tenure track faculty members (NTTF) to help meet the demands of the institutional teaching mission. Research suggests NTTF experience inadequate working conditions that hinder performance and negatively impact the quality of undergraduate education. Given the growing number of NTTF…
Descriptors: Nontenured Faculty, Communities of Practice, Educational Quality, Instructional Effectiveness
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Terosky, Aimee LaPointe; Gonzales, Leslie D. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
In this study we extended Neumann's scholarly learning theory (2009)?and Hansen's theory on vocation (1994, 1995) to explore the scholarly learning of faculty members employed at institutional types not typically recognized for faculty work beyond teaching. Through interviews with 22 participants, we studied the content of and reasons for…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Interviews, Scholarship, Teacher Attitudes
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Yun, Jung H.; Baldi, Brian; Sorcinelli, Mary Deane – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
In the beginning, "Mutual Mentoring" was little more than an idea, a hopeful vision of the future in which a new model of mentoring could serve as a medium to better support early-career and underrepresented faculty. Over time, Mutual Mentoring evolved from an innovative idea to an ambitious pilot program to a fully operational,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Mentors, Disproportionate Representation, College Faculty
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Horvitz, Brian S.; Beach, Andrea L.; Anderson, Mary L.; Xia, Jiangang – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Through this study we sought to gain understanding of the challenges professors face as they make the transition to teaching online. We measured professors' online teaching self-efficacy using survey research methods. Results showed that online teaching self-efficacy was high among the professors surveyed with no self-efficacy scores lower than…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Self Efficacy, Web Based Instruction, Teacher Surveys
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Hargis, Jace; Cavanaugh, Cathy; Kamali, Tayeb; Soto, Melissa – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
This article presents faculty perceptions of the first month of iPad deployment in a national college system and a case study describing the integration of mobile learning devices in one college, interpreted within the framework of a SWOT analysis. We include a brief history of the implementation; description of the three-tier structure of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Federal Programs, Electronic Learning, Handheld Devices
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Whittaker, Joseph A.; Montgomery, Beronda L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
An urgent need to broaden diversity and support the preparation of students and faculty members along proactive pathways to research and success can be facilitated by targeted faculty development and formalization of policies built on institutional commitment, engagement, and accountability. Involvement of the faculty in building institutional…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Higher Education, Sustainability, Institutional Characteristics
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Herman, Jennifer H. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
This quantitative study investigated the types and frequency of incentives for online instruction at non-profit institutions of higher education with an established teaching and learning development unit. While up to 70% of institutions offer incentives, this support is not universal and varies by incentive type and purpose.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Statistical Analysis, Institutional Characteristics, Program Descriptions
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Mak, Anita S.; Kennedy, Monica – Innovative Higher Education, 2012
The Internationalising the Student Experience Project was devised and piloted as a teaching innovation to improve the intercultural awareness of instructors and, subsequently, that of their domestic and international students. In this article we claim that instructor preparation in the use of the Alliance Building and Cultural Mapping tools of the…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Experiential Learning, Student Experience, Pilot Projects
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Blumberg, Phyllis; Pontiggia, Laura – Innovative Higher Education, 2011
We describe an objective way to measure whether curricula, educational programs, and institutions are learner-centered. This technique for benchmarking learner-centeredness uses rubrics to measure courses on 29 components within Weimer's five dimensions. We converted the scores on the rubrics to four-point indices and constructed histograms that…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), College Instruction, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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Easteal, Patricia; Westmarland, Nicole – Innovative Higher Education, 2010
International exchange is an important aspect of academic life. Thus, international sabbaticals are, in general, seen as a measure of research collaboration, networking, and international standing. There are, however, a few groups who are likely to be disadvantaged by such criteria even though they may be implicit, that is, those for whom…
Descriptors: Travel, Action Research, Sabbatical Leaves, Higher Education
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