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Reflective Practice Large Group Meeting Resources, 2019 -2020

Readings for Beginning College Professors

  • Cordell, R., Lucal, B., & Morgan, R. (2004). Quick hits for new faculty successful strategies by award winning teachers  Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press. Available as eBook.
  • Fisher, L. (2006). 100 ideas for surviving your first year in teaching. New York: Continuum.
  • Call No.  LB2844.1.N4 F594 2006
  • Gray, P., Drew, D. (2008). What they didn't teach you in graduate school: 199 helpful hints for success in your academic career Sterling, Va.: Stylus Publishing. Call No.   LB1778.2 .G73 2008
  • Jahangiri, L., & Mucciolo, T. (2012). A guide to better teaching : Skills, advice, and evaluation for college and university professors. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Call No. LB2331 .J34 2012Whitford, F. (2011). College teaching tips (2nd ed.). Boston: Prentice Hall. Call No. LB2331 .W45 2011

Session Handouts and Presentation

Center for Teaching Excellence at IUP

Professors often pursue college-level academic careers to pass on the excitement about learning that inspired them as students. There is no doubt that teaching, service, and scholarship are rewarding; but they can be draining as well! So, how do faculty maintain their passion for teaching and the academic life?  One of the most effective ways is by connecting with others through communities of practice.

At IUP, communities of practice are intentionally fostered through the work of the Center for Teaching Excellence and its Reflective Practice Project. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

IUP’s Center for Teaching Excellence was established in the fall of 1989.  Its mission is to provide constructive and developmental mechanisms for nurturing the excellence in teaching which already exists at IUP. These mechanisms will honor our differences and build on our strengths by:

  • Achieving the goals and missions of IUP, its faculty, and its students as they relate to teaching

  • Facilitating the professional and personal development of faculty through teaching excellence activities

  • Defining and providing mechanisms for enhancing and recognizing excellent teaching

  • Stimulating thinking, discussion, and research on teaching excellence

  • Effective Teaching is a reflective process that incorporates critical self-appraisal and hard work

Director: Dr. Stephanie Taylor-Davis

103 Stabley Library

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Phone: 724-357-7800

Visi the CTE webpage for resources to support quality teaching and faculty development or watch an introductory video.


IUP Center for Teaching Excellence Reflective Practice Project

A Campuswide Effort to Promote More Effective Teaching

The IUP Center for Teaching Excellence has sponsored an effort to promote effective teaching through the use of workshops, monthly meetings, and small “teaching circles.” This program, called the Reflective Practice (RP) Project, was initially designed as a follow-up to the SSHE Summer Academy of 1993. The following information presents the history of the project, the evolution of the small group teaching circles, faculty assessment of the impact of the project, the workshops and monthly meeting topics, and our plans for the future.

The Reflective Practice Project: An Executive Summary 

The Reflective Practice Project: Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome Letter