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Kinkead, Joyce; Titchener, Frances; Wheatley, Rebecca – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) programs pair students with faculty to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. These programs have the potential to offer a high-impact experience (Kuh, 2008); students feel more connected to learning when meaningfully engaged. UTAs develop important relationships with faculty mentors, hone…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Teacher Student Relationship
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Abreu, Joshua; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros; Kortz, Kirsten – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study involved five English instructors at a Hispanic-serving community college who participated in professional development workshops on culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP). Three themes emerged from analysis of the survey and interview data: (1) Integration of disciplinary identity contributes to instructors'' satisfaction with the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Hispanic American Students
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Gore, Jonathan; Sweet, Charlie; Blythe, Hal; Carpenter, Russell; Tichenor, Damon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine differences in student perceptions of instructor and course characteristics for courses that students deemed to be high in learning versus high in enjoyment. Realizing that students differ from faculty in how they view the traits of a highly effective instructor, the authors created a survey of student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Allendoerfer, Cheryl; Veilleux, Nanette; Floyd-Smith, Tamara; Plett, Melani; Wilson, Denise; Bates, Rebecca; Jones, Diane Carlson – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study examines student-faculty relationships at a small women's college where STEM students rely almost exclusively on faculty members for academic support. Students at comparison schools, including two of similar size, rely primarily on peer study groups. To understand this difference, students and faculty interviews, classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Single Sex Colleges, STEM Education, College Faculty
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Martinez, Anabella; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros; Bolitzer, Liza Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Learning in higher education is often perceived from the standpoint of the students, yet faculty are also learners. To investigate what faculty learn from their interactions with students, the authors analyzed interview data from 40 early post-tenure faculty and learned that (1) faculty approach subject matter differently than students and (2) the…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Faculty Development, College Students, College Faculty
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Marchetti, Carol; Ho, Chi Man; Foster, Susan – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Many teachers are aware of the benefits of small-group learning. However, implementation, especially in classrooms with communication challenges, can be difficult. For students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) in mainstream classrooms, communication is most often supported through sign language interpreters and captioning. This model of…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes, Deafness
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Fox, Laurie; McNally, Jennifer Ceven – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This mixed-methods study addressed the professor-student learning relationship in higher education and perception of its helpfulness in learning among college students with diagnosed learning disabilities. The Relationship and Learning Questionnaire drew items from four previously researched instruments. Results identify students' preference for…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, College Students
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Quaye, Brenda R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Academic dishonesty is pervasive on college campuses, but few researchers have explored students' situational decisions about cheating. This qualitative study explores influences on students' decisions about academic dishonesty, particularly how students' course contexts affect their decisions. The author found that course context factors heavily…
Descriptors: Cheating, Plagiarism, Integrity, College Students
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Mattar, Dorine M.; El Khoury, Rim – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This study aims to reveal the factors behind students' personal biases and preferences in the evaluation process in order to assess the value of using students' ratings of professors' teaching effectiveness. A questionnaire was completed by 330 students at Lebanese universities asking them to provide their feedback on 23 traits commonly regarded…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Preferences, Grade Point Average, Questionnaires
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Schwartz, Harriet L.; Holloway, Elizabeth L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Assessment is a critical activity in the life of a professor. The authors' interest in professors' internal experiences of assessment led them to conduct a grounded theory study in which they interviewed 16 faculty teaching in social science and pre-professional programs, asking them to reflect on assessing master's thesis and capstone projects.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Evaluation, Grounded Theory, College Faculty
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Schwartz, Harriet L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
How do teachers situate themselves in their roles as assessors of student work? How do they maintain high standards and provide critical feedback while also doing their best not to shame students who fail to meet those standards? The purpose of this article is to propose a relational approach to assessment. This approach calls on faculty to…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Feedback (Response), Teacher Student Relationship
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Berkland, Mara K.; Keys, Jennifer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors argue that although "freshman survival guides" do address the common concerns of entering college students, these books largely entertain, placate, and enable students to circumvent expert advice on how successfully to navigate the transition to college. A content analysis of 10 popular first-year advice books revealed an…
Descriptors: Guides, Socialization, Misconceptions, College Freshmen
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Bach, Dorothe J.; Cook-Sather, Alison – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This article is about and for teachers wishing to open space at the intersection of the affective and the cognitive-space, we argue, that is particularly conducive to deep learning and within which students can empower themselves as learners and knowers. Drawing on written and spoken reflections of three faculty members, the authors explore how…
Descriptors: Reflection, Listening, Higher Education, Teachers
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Mabrouk, Patricia Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author describes the principal findings of a survey study looking at student perceptions of a new form-based approach to reflective journaling. A form-based journal assignment was developed for use in introductory lecture courses and tested over a two-year period in an Honors General Chemistry course for engineers with a total of 157…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Journal Writing, Assignments, Introductory Courses
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Christe, Barbara – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Expanding faculty buy-in to retention efforts may be improved through training and opportunities for assessment. Materials created for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty based on the scholarly literature may dispel the view held by some that student attrition is beneficial to STEM disciplines and may expand an…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Asynchronous Communication, Workshops, STEM Education
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