Pursuit of Teaching Excellence

New book to share teaching tips from Kemper Fellows

The Pursuit of Teaching Excellence: Lessons from the University of Missouri Kemper Teaching FellowsAfter 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