Declining by Degrees

Editors: Richard H. Hersh and John Merrow

Declining by Degrees attempts to answer the question, "What is actually happening on college campuses in the years between admission and graduation?". Sixteen essays provide perspectives about the inadequate quality of college and university education, as well as offer specific suggestions for changes.


The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions (Second Edition) (1997)

Author: Peter Seldin ~ Pace University

Since the publication of the first edition of this best-selling guide, the author has mentored hundreds of faculty and conducted workshops around the world on the preparation and use of teaching portfolios. This continued practical involvement with portfolios provides a steady stream of new perspectives which are incorporated into a completely updated second edition.


To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, & Organizational Development (1994-1997)

A Publication of the Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Volumes 13 - 16

Editor, 1994: Emily C. (Rusty) Wadsworth ~ McHenry County College
Editor, 1995: Ed Neal ~ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Editor, 1996: Laurie Richlin ~ University of Pittsburgh
Editor, 1997: Deborah DeZure ~ Eastern Michigan University

The Professional and Organizational development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Founded in 1975, the POD Network provides leadership for the improvement of higher education through faculty, administrative, instructional, and organizational development. The operating word in the title of the organization is "network." It is this commitment to connecting people with other people that characterizes POD and its members.

POD is an open, International organization. Anyone interested in improving higher education can join the diverse membership that includes faculty and instructional development center staff, department chairs, faculty, deans, student services staff, chief academic officers, and educational consultants. POD members work in a variety of post-secondary settings: public and private institutions, two-year colleges and graduate universities, small colleges and universities, and educational services organizations.


Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers (1994)

Authors: Wilbert J. McKeachie (University of Michigan), with chapters by Nancy Chism (Ohio State University), Robert Menges (Northwestern University), Marilla Svinicki (University of Texas at Austin), Claire Ellen Weinstein (University of Texas at Austin)

Topics include course preparation, meeting the class for the first time, Choosing textbooks, meeting with students, grading, asking questions, evaluating students-and being evaluated by them-as well as peer/collaborative learning, initiating discussions, and much more.

This highly acclaimed book, used by faculty and teaching/ graduate assistants since 1951, is now in its ninth edition and has been carefully revised to reflect changes in contemporary college life.


The New Faculty Member: Supporting and Fostering Professional Development (1992)

Higher and Adult Education Series

Author: Robert Boice

For the first time in decades, most American campuses are in the midst of hiring large groups of new faculty. As competition for the most qualified candidates increases, institutions must work harder than ever to attract and retain the best and most diverse prospects. This often requires investing considerable resources in recruitment and hiring -and makes it imperative that new hires are not lost to competitors or to unhappy or unproductive beginnings. In this book, Robert Boice offers a range of proven support strategies designed to help new faculty thrive-from campuswide programs for nurturing newcomers to projects that help them to help themselves.

Boice identifies the major challenges facing most new faculty-teaching, scholarly writing, and simply fitting in ads colleagues-and provides tested solutions for helping them cope. He outlines a structured mentoring program to build collegiality through social support networks. And he presents specific techniques for helping new faculty find time, fluency, and balance as writers, including advice on dealing with editorial evaluations or rejections.