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This guide is meant to help you begin or improve your life as an important citizen of Virginia Commonwealth University.  Although this guide is not meant to address all aspects of academic life in great detail, we hope it will serve to start you on the road to better teaching (and thereby improving your students’ learning).

Here is how this guide is presented.  We’ve divided the guide into subjects.  Within each subject, you will find the most essential topics related to that subject.  Most topic areas end with suggestions for further reading.

Throughout this document, we have relied on the wisdom of master teachers, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and a variety of documents similar to this guide.   Particularly, we have taken these works to heart and thank the authors for their insight:

  • Bain, K. (2004).  What the best college teachers do.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Boice, R. (1991). Quick starters: New faculty who succeed. In M. Theall & J. Franklin (Eds.), Effective practices for improving teaching (p.111-121), New Directions for Teaching and Learning, no. 48. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Brookfield, S. D. (2006). The skillful teacher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Davis, B. G. (1993). Tools for Teaching. Jossey Bass: San Franscisco
  • McKeachie, W. J. & Svinicky, M. (2006). McKeachie’s Teaching Tips (12th ed.) Houghton Mifflin: Boston
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University.  (2004). Teaching at Stanford: An introductory handbook. (2004).

We hope you enjoy the guide.

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