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Wolcott, Amanda M.; Bowdon, Melody A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Rapid changes within and pressures upon higher education make it increasingly critical to focus on leadership development in order to ensure that managers are equipped with the perspectives, skills, and tools needed to maximize the potential of their individual followers and their organizations as a whole while still finding their own fulfillment…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Skill Development
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Nardick, Daryl – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This article shares the insights the author has gained in coaching higher education leaders--department chairs, deans, vice presidents, and faculty--and their teams. It focuses on the attributes of higher education leadership and how the coaching process impacts these attributes; examines common areas of concern that surface during coaching, such…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Reflection, Higher Education, College Administration
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Jackson, Kathy L.; Brua, Chas; Ramsay, Crystal M.; Hood, Larkin; Weinstein, Suzanne; Scruggs, Richard – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The term "teaching excellence" is frequently used but difficult to define. In an effort to expand upon previous work to define teaching excellence, the authors analyzed 93 teaching award nomination letters of students and peer faculty from a large, land-grant university in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Content analysis identified 25…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Awards, Letters (Correspondence), Content Analysis
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Dallimore, Elise J.; Hertenstein, Julie H.; Platt, Marjorie B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Prior research indicates that the frequency with which students participate in classroom discussion is positively related to learning. This study examines students' perceptions of the relationship between their class discussion participation and learning and between preparation and both comfort with participating and actual discussion…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Research Methodology
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Rodriguez, Fernando; Ng, Annalyn; Shah, Priti – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors examined college students' ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence, specifically, whether first- and second-year students noticed when poor interpretations were drawn from research evidence. Fifty students evaluated a set of eight psychological studies, first in an informal context, then again in a critical-thinking context.…
Descriptors: College Students, Evidence, Criticism, Critical Thinking
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Hales, Patrick D.; Croxton, Rebecca A.; Kirkman, Christopher J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Using a mixed-methods approach, this study sought to understand a general sense of paradigm confidence and to see how this confidence relates to doctoral student identities as emerging scholars. Identity development was explored among 46 education doctoral students at a midsized public university in the Southeast. Researchers examined students'…
Descriptors: Student Research, Models, Scholarship, Mixed Methods Research
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Firmin, Michael W.; Markham, Ruth Lowrie; Stultz, Kurt J.; Johnson, Heidi J.; Garland, Elizabeth P. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors report the results of a phenomenological, qualitative research study involving 20 students who participated in a weekend poverty immersion experience. Analysis of the tape-recorded interviews included coding, checks for internal validity, and the generation of themes common to most of the research participants. Two overall results were…
Descriptors: College Students, Immersion Programs, Poverty, Outcomes of Education
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Sharp, Laurie A.; Sharp, Jason H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Online learning experiences have greatly changed the landscape of instruction. Many courses in postsecondary environments incorporate some type of technological enhancement, which holds benefits for both postsecondary institutions and learners. However, online learning experiences require different pedagogical characteristics than traditional…
Descriptors: Time Management, Learning Experience, Online Courses, Metacognition
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Baim, Susan A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Routine correspondence with the author's business technology students indicated the need for increased skill and professionalism in social media communications as a key driver of successful career development strategies. A new course designed to assist students in transitioning from typical, casual social media use to the more rigorous and…
Descriptors: Social Media, Communication Skills, STEM Education, Skill Development
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Douglas, Jennifer; Powell, Darcey N.; Rouamba, Nathalie H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) play a crucial role in North American colleges. At a mid-Atlantic, land grant institution, GTAs instruct 34,000 undergraduates per semester. Given this scope, GTAs exert a powerful influence on undergraduate learning, yet little is known about their teaching beliefs in relation to their classroom practices. This…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Sokal, Laura; Desjardins, Nicole – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Eight Canadian postsecondary students who had been diagnosed with anxiety disorders were interviewed to determine their perceptions of the supports and barriers they experienced at university. Qualitative analysis revealed four themes related to student needs: self-determination; shame, guilt, and judgment; control; and trust. Students provided…
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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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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Mulnix, Amy B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Faculty eager to transform their teaching often have a difficult time understanding the learning literature and then integrating it into their teaching, in part because neuroeducation concepts such as constructivism, transfer, misconceptions, and metacognition are not part of their existing knowledge. Examples of these concepts in the literature…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Learning Theories, Educational Principles, Reflection
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Cohen, Alexander – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This case study explores a novel form of classroom simulation that differs from published examples in two important respects. First, it is ongoing. While most simulations represent a single learning episode embedded within a course, the ongoing simulation is a continuous set of interrelated events and decisions that accompany learning throughout…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Case Studies, Simulation, Educational Strategies
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Magruder, Lewis – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Learning how to transform an empty space into one alive with dramatic possibilities is one of the challenges facing students in several disciplines--for example, graphic design, filmmaking, gaming, architecture, interior design, visual arts, and designing and directing for the theatre. The author, a professor of directing for the theatre,…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Computer Simulation, Theater Arts, Theaters
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