This book illustrates how higher education responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and grew from it. The pandemic impacted faculty development, drew a greater focus on the measurement of effective teaching in higher education, and provided a better understanding of what was needed to better aid educators in colleges and universities nationwide. The stage is set for a more resilient higher education with chapters illustrating new paradigms and promise.
Three themes are highlighted throughout this volume. Authors underscore the need to explore different modalities of delivery for faculty development and instruction, to enhance the leverage of technology in course design, and to refine faculty development for holistic development. Pulling together empirical data on college faculty administration, and student responses to the pandemic, chapter authors address the unique issues faced by educators and highlight successes and challenges in working with existing Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTLs) and information technology structures. Featuring contributions from diverse institutions, each chapter provides specific guidelines and recommendations for higher education to set the stage for innovation and change.
Laying the groundwork for the design of more effective models of faculty development for higher education, this book is a valuable resource for higher education administrators and faculty to improve higher education going forward.
Part One 1. From the Worst of Times, to Better: Higher Education during the Pandemic 2. Walking the Tight-Rope: A Senior Administrator’s Perspective on the Pandemic 3. Resilient Teaching in an Era of Disruption 4. Fixed-Term Faculty in a Global Pandemic: Challenges and Burnout 5. The Student Experience Part Two 6. Forging New Alliances for the Pandemic and Beyond: Oregon State University 7. The University of Utah Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) 8. Balancing Structure and Flexibility: Building an Instructional Support Ecosystem for a Post-pandemic Future 9. Inclusive, Engaged, Research-Informed Teaching at the University of Oregon 10. University of Southern California: Turning a Crisis Into a Vision 11. University of Colorado Boulder 12. Holistic Support: The Strengths of a Comprehensive Teaching and Learning Center 13. Disruption is the Norm: Responding to the Future at Xavier University of Louisiana 14. Supporting Teaching Through Covid: A Decentralized Approach 15. University of Denver: From Crisis Response to Institutional Change 16. Faculty Development for Building Resiliency at a Private Research University 17. Centering Access, Equity, and Pedagogy in Pandemic Response 18. Challenges of Going Onward: A Cautionary Case Study 19. The Colby Mules Great Pivot: Responding to the Global Pandemic with Community 20. Into the Storm: How to Provide Structured Support in Times of Uncertainty 21. How a Faculty Development Center with a Single Leader Faced off Against a Global Pandemic 22. Valencia College in the Time of COVID: A Validation of Culture & Motivation to Excel