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Teaching Resources

First Year of Teaching



Pursuing a career as a professor has many rewards. However, the first few years can be tenuous as new faculty members try to navigate the road to tenure. In his book, Robert Boice suggests that new faculty members who struggle almost always do so due to a lack of knowledge about effective ways to work and socialize in a University environment. Some issues include faculty members not being able to manage the classroom, not preparing themselves properly for research, and not developing a network of support with their peers. New faculty members feel in over their heads and are afraid to show weakness by asking for help. Fortunately, the academic climate is changing to allow more support for new faculty members. There are many resources available to help you during your first year of teaching. To gain access to these resources, new faculty members must not be afraid to ask for help.

MTSU Resources

LTITC Resources

From our library--

Boice, R. (2000). Advice for new faculty members. Needham Heights, MA; Allyn & Bacon.

Dill, D.D., & Associates. (1990). What teachers need to know: The knowledge, skills, and values essential to good teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Filene, P. (2005). The joy of teaching: A practical guide for new college instructors. Chapel Hill, NC: The University North Carolina Press.

Lang, J.M. (2005). Life on the tenure track: Lessons from the first year. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Lang, J.M. (2008). On course: A week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Lieberg, C. (2008). Teaching your first college class. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Lyons, R. E. (Ed.). (2007). Best practices for supporting adjunct faculty. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.

McKeachie, W.J., & Svinicki, M. (2006). McKeachie's teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Company.

Oser, F., Dick, A., & Patry, J. (1992). Effective and responsible teaching: The synthesis. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Rotenberg, R. (2005). The art and craft of college teaching: A guide for new professors and graduate students. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Smith, D.C. (1983). Essential knowledge for beginning educators. Washington, DC: Clearinghouse on Teacher Education (AACTE).

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