Memo to Faculty Series

The Memo to Faculty Series is a comprehensive list of resources for professors. It includes formal Memos to Faculty produced by the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program and informal links to additional resources.


Memos to Faculty:


Memo # Title Author
1 Improving Lectures by Understanding Students' Information Processing W. J. McKeachie
2 The Architectural Studio as an Exemplar of Education for Reflection in Action None
3 Questioning Thomas P. Kasulis
4 Conflicts Over the Curriculum Gerald Graff
5 It Ain't Necessarily So: Uncovering Some Assumptions Marilla D. Svinicki
6 Overcoming the Law School Image Edward G. Grac
7 So You Want To Be An Actor: Stages of Learning in the University Setting Joel Fink
8 Student Engagement and Teacher Power in Large Classes G. Stephen Monk

Women and Men in the Classroom: Inequality and its Remedies

Catherine G. Krupnick
10 Professors, Students, and the Syllabus Sharon Rubin
11 In Search of Zippers K. Patricia Cross
12 Writing: An Act of Cognition Toby Fulwiler
13 How Students Learn Ellen J. Langer
14 The Synergy of Teaching and Research Kathryn Mohrman
15 The Dreaded Discussion: Ten Ways to Start Peter Frederick
16 Confidence in the Classroom James Eison
17 The Scientist as a Storyteller R. Igor Gamow
18 Toward a Pedagogy of Substance Lee Shulman
19 Discussion Method Teaching William M. Welty
20 Clarity and Organization Patricia Limerick
21 Annual Re-Issue: Professors, Students, and the Syllabus Sharon Rubin
22 Teaching Strategies for the Culturally Diverse Jonathan Collett
23 Is There a Scientific Basis for Effective Teaching? John A. Centra
24 The Teaching Initiative Russell Edgerton
25 Teaching by the Case Method: One Teacher's Beginnings Nona Lyons
26 Characteristics of Highly Respected Courses Richard J. Light
27 Inquiry and Exploration in Introductory Science John L. Southin
28 Explorations with Students and Faculty about Teaching, Learning, and Student Life Richard J. Light
29 Implications of Cognitive Psychology for College Teaching Wilbert J. McKeachie
30 Instructional Implications of Research and Problem Solving Jill H. Larkin, Joan I. Heller, & James G. Greeno
31 Getting Feedback on Your Teaching: The One-Minute Paper None
32 Quick Starters: New Faculty Who Succeeded Robert Boice
33 The Courage to Teach Parker J. Palmer
34 What Goes On in the Mind of the Learner Donald A. Norman
35 Competence is What You Do When You Make a Mistake Ronald A. Smith
36 Planning the First Class Period Kenneth J. Zahorski
37 Different Worlds in the Same Classroom William A. Perry
38 The Art of Leading a Discussion Adena Rosmarin
39 The Magical Number Seven Plus or Minus Two George A. Miller
40 The Role of Applied Ethics in Learning Daniel Callahan & Sissela Bok
41 Machine Dreams: Six Myths and Five Promising Truths Terry Woronov
42 Messing About in Science David Hawkins
43 Can Ethics Be Taught? Derek Bok
44 The Search for Shared Ethics Sissela Bok
45 Re-tooling Research, Re-engineering Education Chang-lien Tsien
46 On the Internet: Making Mosaic Internet Webs Work at the Course Level Robert Cavalier
47 Who is Studying in Groups and Why? Althier M. Lazar
48 Integrating Research and Undergraduate Teaching Anne Bezuidenhout
49 Science in a Post-Modern World Kenneth A. Bruffee
50 Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education Arthur W. Chickering & Zelda F. Gamson
51 Studying Students Studying Calculus: A Look at the Loves of Minority Mathematics Students in College Uri Treisman
52 Practical Implications of Cognitive Theories Marilla D. Svinicki
53 Issues of Gender in Teaching and Learning Blythe M. Clinchy
54 The Scholarship of Engagement Ernest L. Boyer
55 The Naturalistic Approach to Learning Styles Tony Grasha
56 The Kolb-Model Modified for Classroom Activities Marilla D. Svinicki & Nancy M. Dixon
57 Implementing the Seven Priciples Arthur W. Chickering & Stephen C. Ehrmann
58 Asking the Right Questions: What Does Research Tell Us About Technology and Higher Learning? Stephen C. Ehrmann
59 The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching Parker J. Palmer
60 Problem Based Learning: Preparing Students to Succeed in the 21st Century Deborah Allen & Harold B. White
61 Organizing for Learning Peter E. Ewell
62 Collaborative Learning: Reframing the Classroom Jean Macgregor
63 Taking Learning Seriously Lee Shulman
64 Race and the Schooling of Black Americans Claude M. Steele
65 Learning from Text Eileen Kintsch & Walter Kintsch
66 Exploring Student Expectations Janet Donald
67 Classroom Assessment: Guidelines for Success Thomas A. Angelo
68 Academic Service Learning: Myths, Challenges, and Recommendations Jeffrey Howard
69 Honors Constitution Eugene Rice
70 Rethinking What it Means to Be a Scholar Eugene Rice
71 The Art of Collaborative Learning: Making the Most of Knowledgeable Peers Kenneth A. Bruffee
72 Forward to Aristotle: Teaching as the Highest Form of Learning Russell Edgerton
73 Situated Cognition and the Culture of Learning Jonh Seeley, Brown Allan, & Collin
74 Classrooms as Learning Environments for Teachers and Researchers Paul Cobb, Terry Wood, & Erna Yackel
75 Student Classroom and Course-Related Behavior Paul Cobb
76 Where is the Mind: a Coordination of Sociocultural and Cognitive Costructionist Perspectives Paul Cobb
77 The Importance of a Situated View of Learning to the Design of Research and Instruction Paul Cobb
78 The Syllabus as Promise: Can a Shift in the Syllabus Produce a Better Learning Environment? Ken Bain
79 Reflecting on Teaching: The Faculty Teaching Excellence Program at the University of Colorado Boulder Mary Ann Shea
80 Habits of Mind: Lessons for the Long Term Dan Berrett
81 Your First Day of Teaching Michael E. Zimmerman
82 Engaged Learning Through Student-Led and Student-Graded Discussions Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre
83 The Three Column Revisited with Special Attention to the Conduct of Seminars Mortimer J. Adler
84 Chemical Engineering Screencasts John L. Falconer, Garret D. Nicodemus, Janet DeGrazia, & Will Medlin (First place of publication: Chemical Engineering Education)
85 The Key To Success? Grit. Ted Talk by Angela Duckworth
86 The Look of Music  Peter Reuell
87 The Design of Learning Environments edited by John Bransford, Ann Brown, and Rodney Cocking

How Does Students' Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning?

Susan Ambrose
89 Engage all your students with "challenge problems" Carl Wieman



Additional Resources by Link:

Developing a Shared Meaning of Scholarship to Enable the Revision of Promotion Policy - by Cheryl Albers

"How Does Students' Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning?" - Chapter 1 from How Learning Works: Seven Research Based Principles for Smart Teaching- by Susan Ambrose

A Useable, Trans-Disciplinary Conception of Scholarship - by Lee W. Andresen. Link to abstract at the Higher Education Research and Development web page.

The Use of Advanced Organizers in Learning and Retention of Meaningful Verbal Material - by David P. Ausubel

Understanding Great Teaching -Ken Bain and James Zimmerman. Link to article on Association of American Colleges and Universities website.

"Long Term Impacts of Faculty Development Programs: The Experience of Teli and Piedmont" - Peggy Barlett and Ann Rappaport. The free electronic online edition of this article is available on the Taylor & Francis website.

A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education - by Robert B. Barr and John Tagg

Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education - Randy Bass

How to Succeed in College: Learn How to Learn - by Robert A. Bjork.

Classroom Incivilities - by Bob Boice

The Assessment of 'Understanding' - by Lloyd Bond.  Reprinted under Creative Commons, attributed to Lloyd Bond and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Design of Learning Environments from "How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experiences, School" - edited by John Bransford, Ann Brown, and Rodney Cocking

What Next? Thought and Action in Intellectual Work -by Nicholas Bromell

Design Experiments: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Creating Complex Interventions in Classroom Settings  - by Ann L. Brown

Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 - John Seely Brown and Richard P. Adler

New Learning Environments for the 21st Century - by John Seely Brown

Exploring the Edge - by John Seely Brown

Components of Positive Student-Faculty Relationships - by Arthur W. Chickering and Linda Reisser

Learning Styles - by Don Clark

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy - by Emily Cruz, San Diego State University Educational Technology.

A Berkeley Compendeium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence - by Barbara Gross Davis, Lynn Wood and Robert Wilson

Implicit Theories of Intelligence Predict Achievement Across an Adolescent Transition - Carol S. Dweck

Why do Beliefs about Intelligence Influence Learning Success? - Carol S. Dweck

Theory and Researched-based Principles of Learning - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon.

Chemical Engineering Screencasts - by John Falconer et. al

A Way to Enhance Teaching - by Cynthia J. Finelli

The Power of Student Stories: Connections that Enhance Learning - by Peter Frederick

An Education for the Future - by Howard Gardner

Faculty Explore Tech Connections with Students - by Kim Glasscock. Silver & Gold.

Conditions Under Which Assessment Supports Students' Learning - by Graham Gibbs and Claire Simpson

Applying the Science of Learning to the University and Beyond - by Diane F. Halpern and Milton D. Hakel

Commentary by Martha Hanna

What It Means to Teach - by David Hawkins

The Roots of Literacy - by David Hawkins

Contemplative Practice: Views from the Religion Classroom and Artist's Studio - by Deborah Haynes

Contemplative Practice and the Education of the Whole Person - by Debrah J. Haynes.

Developing the Scholarship of Teaching in Higher Education: A Discipline Based Approach - by Mick Healey. Link to abstract at the Higher Education Research and Development web page.

Laptop U: Has the Future of College Moved Online? - Nathan Heller

Evaluating University Teaching - by Milton Hildebrand, Robert C. Wilson, Evelyn R. Dienst.

Problem-Based Learning in Literary Studies - by Bill Hutchings and Karen O'rourke. Link to abstract at the SAGE Journals web page.

Theory: The Elephant in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Room - by Pat Hutchings

Reflections on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning -- by Pat Hutchings

Use of Question and Comment Papers in College Teaching - by Ozlem Ilk 

Cognition and Brain Development in Students of Traditional College-Going Age - Annotated Bibliography - Jill Jeffrey

Discipline-Based Education Research - by Robert Kel

Teaching More by Lecturing Less - by Jennifer K. Knight and William B. Wood

Towards an Applied Theory of Experiential Learning - by David A. Kolb and Ronald Fry

Characterizing the Gender Gap in Introductory Physics - by Lauren E. Kost, Steven J. Pollock, and Noah D. Finkelstein

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - No One Way - by Carolin Kreber

What's it Really All About? The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as an Authentic Practice - by Carolin Kreber

High-Impact Educational Practices: Who Has Access to Them and Why They Matter for All Students - by George D. Kuh. Link to summary and chart at the Association of American Colleges and Universities web page.

"Inverting the Classroom: A Gateway to Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment" - Maureen J. Lage, Glenn J. Pratt and Michael Treglia. The free electronic online edition of this article is available on the Taylor & Francis website.

Why Knowing About Disciplinary Differences Can Mean More Effective Teaching - by Michele Marincovich & Jack Prostko

Monitoring Student Cues: Tracking Student Behaviour in Order to Inprove Instruction in Higher Education - by L. McAlpine, C. Weston, C. Beauchamp, C. Wiseman, & J. Beauchamp.

Building a Metacognitive Model of Reflection - by L. McAlpine, C. Weston, J. Beauchamp, C. Wiseman & C. Beauchamp

Lessons Learned: Faculty Developer and Engineer Working as Faculty Development Colleagues - by Lynn McAlpine and Ralph Harris

Planetfinder: An Online Interactive Module for Learning How Astronomers Detect Extrasolar Planets - by Richard McCray

Oersted Medal Lecture 2001: 'Physics Education Research - The Key to Student Learning'  - by Lillian McDermott

Problem Students (There's Almost Always at Least One!) - by Wilbert J. McKeachie

A New Twist on Training Teachers - by Jeffrey Mervis

Colorado Also Seeks Impact on Campus - by Jeffrey Mervis

Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: Linkages to Ways of Thinking and Practising within the Disciplines - by Jan Meyer and Ray Land from the ETL project.

Designing Networked Learning Environments to Support Inter-cultural Communication and Collaboration in Science Learning - by Marcelo Milrad, Marianne Björn, and Michele Jackson

Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science: A Classroom Study of Values Affirmation - by Akira Miyake

Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights - by Robert P. Moses and Charles E. Cobb Jr.

"Knowing what Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment" - from the National Research Council. Link to PDF of the book on the National Academies Press website.

The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them - by Joseph D. Novak & Alberto J. Canas

Professional Development: Who is Responsible for Preparing Science Teachers? - by Valerie Otero, Noah Finkelstein, Richard McCray, and Steven Pollock

Commentary by Kathy Perkins

The Surprising Impact of Seat Location on Student Performance - by Katherine K. Perkins and Carl E. Wieman

Creating the Natural Critical Learning Environment: The Syllabus - Link to the Research Academy for University Learning website, Montclair State University.

What's the Problem With Quiet Students? Anyone? Anyone? - by Mary M. Reda. Link to the Chronicle of Higher Education web page.

Tomorrow's Professor - a Teaching Blog Edited by Rick Reis of Stanford University.

The Look of Music from the Harvard Gazette- by Peter Reuell

At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard - by Sara Rimer

Problem Solving: What I Have Learned from my Students - by James Sandefur

Infusing Diversity Into the Curriculum: What are Faculty Members Actually Doing? - by Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Dianne Roden, and Kathy Parkinson. 

Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research - by Shuana L. Shapiro, Kirk Warren Brown, and John A. Astin

The Role of Assessment in a Learning Culture - by Lorrie A. Shepard. 

Concepts of Cognitive Conceptions of Learning – by Thomas J. Shuell

Excellence: An Immodest Proposal - by Lee S. Shulman

Pedagogies of Uncertainty - by Lee S. Shulman

Teaching With Social Networks: Establishing a Social Contract - by Diane Sieber

Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In-Class Concept Questions - by M. K. Smith, W. B. Wood, W. K. Adams, C. Wieman, J. K. Knight, N. Guild, T. T. Su

David A. Kolb on Experiential Learning - by Mark K. Smith

A Threat in the Air: How Stereotypes Shape Intellectual Identity and Performance  - by Claude Steele

"How Learning in an Inverted Classroom Influences Cooperation, Innovation and Task Orientation" - Jeremy F. Strayer. Link to article pdf on SpringerLink website.

Inverted Classroom - Robert Talbert

Articles, Resources, and Webpages on "Outcomes and Assessment" - from the Teagle Foundation

Teagle Working Groups on 'Big Questions - from the Teagle Foundation

Classroom Assessment Techniques - from the National Teaching and Learning Forum

10 Ways to Ruin a Perfectly Good Design Assignment - by Dave Underwood (Educause Blog Post)

The Conversational Classroom - by William Waite, Michele Jackson, and Amer Diwan

Student Culture vs Group Work in Computer Science Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. - by William Waite, Michele Jackson, Amer Diwan, and Paul Leonardi

From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments - by Michael Wesch

Making Explicit the Development Toward the Scholarship of Teaching - by Cynthia B. Weston and Lynn McAlpine

Commentary  - by Professor C. Wieman

Why Not Try a Scientific Approach to Science Education?  - by Carl Wieman

Engaging Students with Active Thinking - by Carl Wieman

Transforming Science Education at Large Research Universities: A Case Study in Progress - by Carl Wieman, Katherine Perkins and Sarah Gilbert.

Innovations in Teaching Undergraduate Biology and Why We Need Them - by William B. Wood

Your First Day of Teaching - by Michael E. Zimmerman. Unpublished Manuscript.


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