Pursuit of Teaching Excellence

New book to share teaching tips from Kemper Fellows

After winning a Kemper Award in 2001, professor Jim Spain regretted that there were not more opportunities for Kemper winners to share their teaching expertise. He wondered whether it would be possible to bring Kemper winners together to create a book in which they did just that. Dr. Spain and Dr. Alan Strathman began inviting Kemper Fellows to collaborate in writing chapters on teaching excellence in many aspects of classroom instruction. The book has always been considered unusual because of the interdisciplinary author teams who developed each chapter. The multiple voices allow the reader to benefit from the varied perspectives and approaches used by these different faculty. The intent is for the book to serve as a “tool box” for faculty seeking ideas to use in their teaching.

The resulting volume, The Pursuit of Teaching Excellence: Lessons from the University of Missouri Kemper Teaching Fellows, is expected to be published in fall 2015.  

Forty-five Kemper Fellows have contributed as co-authors, each working on one or more of the chapters. Thirty-five of the faculty are still at MU, with another six of the contributors retired from Mizzou.  All of the authors and editors agreed to allow all of the proceeds from the sale of the book to be placed in an endowment “to enhance and advance excellent teaching at Mizzou.”

Meanwhile, take a sneak peek at the table of contents.

1. Developing a Teaching Philosophy: Inspirations from Outstanding Faculty

Peter Casazza, Department of Mathematics

Michelle Arnopol Cecil, School of Law

Mary J. Heppner, Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology

Michael J. Porter, Department of Communication

Don Ranly, School of Journalism

 2. Teaching in Large-Enrollment Classes: Ordeal or Opportunity? Testimony from the Trenches

John Adams, Department of Chemistry

Lawrence Ries, Department of Statistics

Ines Segert, Department of Psychological Sciences

William Bondeson, Departments of Philosophy and Family and Community Medicine

Jan Dauve, Department of Agricultural Economics

 3. Laboratory / Studio Courses: Learning through Doing

Deborah Huelsbergen, Department of Art

Michael F. Smith, Division of Animal Science

Steven W. Keller, Department of Chemistry

4. Using Small Group Instruction to Enhance Learning in the College Classroom

Wendy L. Sims, School of Music & Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Tim Evans, School of Veterinary Medicine

Lynda Kraxberger, School of Journalism

Thomas W. Dougherty, Department of Management

5. Capstone Experiences

Benyamin Schwarz, Department of Environmental Design

Elizabeth Chang, Department of English

Karen C. Cone, Division of Biological Sciences

Michael W. Kramer, Department of Communication

6. Technology: Adding Educational Value through the Use of Instructional Technology

Elizabeth A. Baker, Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum

Bethany Stone, Division of Biological Sciences

Cynthia M. Frisby, School of Journalism

M. Kay Libbus, School of Nursing

7. Engaging Self and World: Teaching Writing and Thinking

Roy F. Fox, Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Michael J. Budds, School of Music

Meera Chandrasekhar, Department of Physics

Craig L. Israelsen, Department of Consumer and Family Economics

8. Problem-Based Learning: Applications for Undergraduate Teaching

Mark R. Ryan, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

Joshua Millspaugh, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

Louise Thai, School of Medicine

Ezio Moscatelli, Department of Biochemistry

9. Assessing Student Learning and Assigning Grades

Mary Grigsby, Department of Rural Sociology

Tom Phillips, Division of Biological Sciences

Frank Schmidt, Department of Biochemistry

Jim Spain, Division of Animal Science

10.  Issues in Graduate Student Training and Development

Patricia Okker, Department of English

David W. Emerich, Department of Biochemistry

Daniel B. Turban, Department of Management

Charles M. Borduin, Department of Psychological Sciences

11.  Issues of Diversity in the Classroom

Leigh Neier, Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum

Suzanne Burgoyne, Department of Theatre

Wayne Brekhus, Department of Sociology

Laurie B. Mintz, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology

Carol E. Anderson, Department of History

12.  Creating Teaching Scholars

John Adams, Department of Chemistry

Bryan Garton, Department of Agricultural Education

Bill Bondeson, Departments of Philosophy and Family and Community Medicine