Resources for Improving Teaching

An Informal Summary of University Policies, Procedures, and Resources for Undergraduate Instruction

OID: Faculty Consultation

Resources for Improving Teaching

General Publications on Improving Teaching

The following titles are considered seminal works in the field. However, they are but are a small sample of the many publications dedicated to college pedagogy. Also, many authors and professional associations have written or edited books and articles about teaching within specific disciplines, which can be found in an instructor’s home department.

Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques: A handbook for college faculty (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bain, K. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Davis, B. G. (1993). Tools for Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Eble, K. E. (1994). The Craft of Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994.

McKeachie, W. J, (2006). Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers (12th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.


AAHE Bulletin. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education. A long-established monthly newsletter of the Association which features key current themes and initiatives nationally.

Exchange. Idea Center, Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University. Newly named newsletter from the IDEA Center at Kansas State. This center was, for many years, shepherded by Professor William E. Cashin, who developed the Center’s reputation through a series of nationally known “IDEA papers” on various topics. Particularly influential, were the papers on evaluation which summarized the extensive research in the field in a very accessible yet scholarly manner. Cashin retired in 1998 at which time 34 IDEA papers existed. Email:

New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers. Each quarterly journal volume is dedicated to a particular topic and has a guest editor who collects articles from known scholars in the field.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington, DC: The Chronicle of Higher Education. A weekly newspaper dedicated to higher education and including extensive national job opportunities. Also on-line at

The Journal of Higher Education. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press. A bi-monthly journal containing articles of an analytical nature.

Official University Publications

Academic Apprentice Personnel Manual. Policies and procedures for academic apprentice personnel and other graduate student employees. Available as a PDF document from the Graduate Division at

Guide to Evaluation of Instruction. Published by the Office of Instructional Development, this guide offers insight into the University’s policies and procedures regarding the evaluation process, provides interpretive techniques, for making sense of student survey data, presents informal evaluation methods and feedback tools and suggests resources for consultation and assistance. A brief literature review and bibliography of seminal work in the field of instructional evaluation is offered as well.

Schedule of Classes. Quarterly information on classes, meeting places, times, instructors, exam schedule, and enrollment procedures. Available every term from campus bookstores,

The TA Handbook. An aid to teaching assistants distributed to all UCLA TAs each year. The handbook contains basic information on University policy as it relates to TAs and a useful discussion of teaching problems.

University of California Academic Personnel Manual. Academic Personnel Policies are issued by the President of the University of California. The Academic Personnel Manual (APM) includes policies and procedures pertaining to the employment relationship between an academic appointee and the University of California,

UCLA Academic Senate Manual. Available from the Academic Senate Executive Office. Provides a wide range of information relating to the University as a whole and guidance as to where policy can be found,

The UCLA Call. A Summary of Academic Personnel Policies and Procedures,

UCLA Campus Profile. A small handbook issued yearly that summarized interesting and important data about UCLA enrollments, budgets, and organization. Office of Academic Planning and Budget,

Information for Faculty on Academic Integrity. Resources that help faculty in protecting academic integrity at UCLA are available from the Office of Dean of Student including Faculty Guide to Academic Integrity; Confronting Academic Dishonesty; and Reporting a case of Academic Dishonesty,

UCLA Faculty Handbook & Resource Guide. Available from the Academic Personnel Office. A reference guide to the services and facilities available to academic employees of UCLA, and where to find them.

UCLA General Catalog. Gives detailed descriptions of all majors and courses. Also contains information on UCLA facilities, academic requirements, and procedures,

University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students (Parts A and B). A system-wide publication outlining policies on the general functioning of the campuses,