What is the Center for Teaching and Learning Resource Library?

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The Center for Teaching and Learning Resource Library is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library to provide access to books and other resources to promote and support pedagogical development on campus. The resources available in this collection cover a wide range of topics and interests, and are available to all employees of the college.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Resource Library is in the CTL Common across from room 217, Frost Library.

The Resource Library does not require you to check out a book with your Amherst ID; the library is available on the honor system. We request that you take the book, read and study it, and then return it to the shelves when you are finished. If you are interested in a book and cannot find it on the shelves, or if you have feedback on one of the books in the library, please contact Riley Caldwell-O'Keefe at rcaldwellokeefe@amherst.edu or 413-542-5915.

Titles by Topic

The list below details the current titles available in the library. We hope to add more books and resources to the collection in the future, and the intent is to include content and resources that complement trainings and workshops offered on our campus.  (Updated March 1, 2020.)

Amherst College Teaching Scholarship

Being Human in STEM: Partnering with Students to Shape Inclusive Practices and Communities; by Sarah Bunnell, Sheila Jaswal, Megan Lyster

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning; by Daniel P. Barbezat, Mirabai Bush

Race and Class Matters at an Elite College; by Elizabeth Aries

Retooling Study Abroad: Digital Approaches to Linguistic and Cultural Immersion; by Carmen Granda

Speaking of Race and Class: the Student Experience at an Elite College; by Elizabeth Aries, Richard Berman

Teaching What We Do: Essays by Amherst College Faculty

Assessment of Learning

Assessing Student Learning- A Common Sense Guide; by Linda Suskie

Classroom Assessment Techniques A Handbook for College Teachers; by Thomas A. Angelo, K. Patricia Cross

Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback, and Promote Student Learning; by Dannelle D. Stevens, Antonia J. Levi

Learning and Assessing with Multiple Choice Questions in College Classrooms; by Jay Parkes, Don Zimmaro

Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty; by Elizabeth F. Barkley, Claire Howell Major

Midcourse Correction for the College Classroom: Putting Small Group Instructional Diagnosis to Work; by Carol A. Hurley, Christine M. Rener, Jordan D. Troisi

Blended Learning Techniques

Blended Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy; by Francine Glazer

Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines; by D. Randy Garrison, Norman D. Vaughan

Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Learning; by Jonathan Bergmann, Aaron Sams

How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course: Achieving Student-Centered Learning Through Blended Classroom, Online, and Experiential Activities; by Jay Caulfield, Alan Aycock (Foreword)

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes; by James M. Lang, Flower Darby

Community Building

Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management; by Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching; by Kathleen Quinlan

Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College; by Peter Felten , Leo M. Lambert

The Restorative Classroom: Using Restorative Approaches to Foster Effective Learning; by Belinda Hopkins

The Restorative Practices Handbook For Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators; by Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel, Ted Wachtel

Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation; by Laura Randon

Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope; by Bell Hooks

Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice; by Becky Thompson

Course Design

The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach; by Judith Grunert O'Brien, Barbara J. Millis

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses; by L. Dee Fink

Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses; by Robert C. Hauhart, Jon E. Grahe

Learning That Matters: A Field Guide to Course Design for Transformative Education; by Caralyn Zehnder, Cynthia Alby

Understanding by Design; by Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe

Design Principles

The Non-Designer's Design Book; by Robin P. Williams

Robin Williams Design Workshop; by Robin P. Williams, John Tollett


The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking; by Stephen D. Brookfield, Stephen Preskill

Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online; by Jay R Howard, Maryellen Weimer (Foreword)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

bell hooks' Engaged Pedagogy: A Transgressive Education for Critical Consciousness; by Namulundah Florence

Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing; by Linda Stout

Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History; by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (DVD)

Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation; by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future; by Linda Stout

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice; by Geneva Gay

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain; by Zaretta Hammond

Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity; by Brenda Allen

Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching; edited by Margery B. Ginsberg, Raymond J. Wlodkowski

Diversity: The Invention of a Concept; by Peter Wood

Education for Critical Consciousness; by Paulo Freire

The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success; Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Philip J. Rous, Peter H. Henderson

Ignite: A Decolonial Approach to Higher Education Through Space, Place and Culture; edited by Laura M. Pipe, Jennifer T. Stephens

Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage; by Paulo Freire

Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed; by Paulo Freire

Pedagogy of the Heart; by Paulo Freire

Pedagogy of the Oppressed; by Paulo Freire, Donaldo Macedo (Introduction)

The Politics of Education: Culture, Power and Liberation; by Paulo Freire, Henry A. Giroux (Introduction), Donaldo Macedo (Translator)

Privilege, Power, and Difference; by Allan G. Johnson

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice; by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, et al. 

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education; by Kay Landis [Handbook PDF]

Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education; by Ilarion Merculieff, Libby Roderick [PDF]

A Time for Justice: America's Civil Rights Movement; by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (DVD)

University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (The Radical Imagination); by Henry A. Giroux

Viva La Causa; by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (DVD)

We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools; by Gary R. Howard, Sonia Nieto (Foreword by)

What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching; by Tracie Marcella Addy, Derek Dube, Khadijah A. Mitchell, Mallory SoRelle

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us; by Claude M. Steele

Who Can Afford Critical Consciousness?: Practicing a Pedagogy of Humility; by David Seitz

"Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"; by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Faculty Development

Advancing the Culture of Teaching on Campus: How a Teaching Center Can Make a Difference; by Constance Cook, Matthew Kaplan

Assessing and Improving Your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning; by Phyllis Blumberg

Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher; by Stephen D. Brookfield

Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Academic Leaders; by Jeffery L. Buller

Centers for Teaching and Learning: The New Landscape in Higher Education; by Mary Wright

Coming in from the Margins: Faculty Development's Emerging Organizational Development Role in Institutional Change; by Connie Schroeder

Community As Rebellion: A Syllabus for Surviving Academia as a Woman of Color; by Lorgia Garcia Peña

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life; by Parker J. Palmer

Developing Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges: Aligning Inidividual Needs and Orgainzational Goals; by Vicki L. Baker, Laura Gail Lunsford, Meghan J. Pifer

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization; by Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey

Faculty Development and Student Learning: Assessing the Connections; by William Condon, Ellen R. Iverson, Cathryn A. Manduca, Carol Rutz, Gudrun Willett, Mary Taylor Huber, Richard Haswell

Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives; by Andrea L. Beach, Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Ann E. Austin, Jaclyn K. Rivard

A Guide to Faculty Development; Kay J. Gillespie, Douglas L. Robertson

On Course: A Week-By-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching; by James M. Lang

The Quest for Meaning and Wholeness: Spiritual and Religious Connections in the Lives of College Faculty; by Jennifer A. Lindholm

The Slow Professor Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy; by Maggie Berg, Barbara K. Seeber

Student Ratings of Instruction: Can We Trust Them?; by Nira Hativa

What Our Stories Teach Us: a Guide to Critical Reflection for College Faculty; by Linda K. Shadiow

Your Teaching Style A Practical Guide to Understanding, Developing and Improving; by Kay Mohanna, Ruth Chambers, David Wall

General Teaching Strategies

A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice; by Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, D. Christopher Brooks, Kem Saichaie, Christina Petersen, Bradley A. Cohen (Foreword)

McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers; by Wilbert J. McKeachie, Marilla Svinicki, 

POGIL: An Introduction to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning for Those Who Wish to Empower Learners; by Shawn Simonson

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning; by James M. Lang

Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors; by Linda B. Nilson

Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success; by Claire Howell Major, Michael S. Harris, Todd Zakrajsek

Teaching What You Don't Know; by Therese Huston

Tools for Teaching; by Barbara Gross Davis

What the Best College Teachers Do; by Ken Bain


Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment; by Barbara E. Fassler Walvoord, Virginia Johnson Anderson

Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms; by Joe Feldman

Life Beyond Grades Designing College Courses to Promote Intrinsic Motivation; by Martin V. Covington, Linda M. von Hoene, Dominic J. Voge

Meaningful Grading: A Guide for Faculty in the Arts; by Natasha Haugnes, Hoag Holmgren, Martin Springborg

Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time; by Linda B. Nilson

Group Work

Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty; by Elizabeth F. Barkley, Claire Howell Major, K. Patricia Cross

Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making; by Sam Kaner

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators; by Patrick Lencioni

Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching; by Larry K. Michaelsen (Editor)

The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization; by Jon R. Katzenbach, Douglas K. Smith

Learning Theory

The ABCs of How We Learn - 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them; by Daniel L. Schwartz, Kristen P. Blair, Jessica M. Tsan

College What it Was, Is, and Should Be; by Andrew Delbanco

Critical Reading in Higher Education: Academic Goals and Social Engagement; by Karen Manarin, Miriam Carey, Melanie Rathburn, Glen Ryland, Pat Hutchings

Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking: New Directions for Teaching and Learning (J-B TL Single Issue Teaching and Learning); by Joan Middendorf

Democracy and Education; by John Dewey

Evidence-Based Teaching for Higher Education; by Beth M. Schwartz (Editor), Regan A.R. Gurung (Editor)

Experience and Education; by John Dewey

Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed; by Charles Fadel, Maya Bialik, Bernie Trilling

The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal; by Parker J. Palmer, Arthur Zajonc, Megan Scribner, Mark Nepo (Foreword by)

Helping Students Learn in a Learner-Centered Environment: A Guide to Facilitating Learning in Higher Education; by Terry Doyle, John Tagg (Foreword)

High-Stakes Schooling: What We Can Learn from Japan's Experiences with Testing, Accountability, and Education Reform; by Christopher Bjork

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching; by Susan A. Ambrose, Marsha C. Lovett, Richard E. Mayer (Foreword), Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marie K. Norman

Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice; by Maryellen Weimer

Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning Into Practice; by Terry Doyle, Todd Zakrajsek (Foreword)

The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain; by Terry Doyle, Todd Zakrajsek, Jeannie H. Loeb (Foreword); First Edition

On Critical Pedagogy; by Henry A. Giroux

The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom; by Jose A. Amador

Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom; by Bell Hooks

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom; by Bell Hooks

Tell Me More: Listening to Learners Explain; by Eleanor Duckworth

Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice; by Sheryl E. Burgstahler (Editor), Michael K. Young (Foreword)

We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change; by Myles Horton, Paulo Freire

Writing, Teaching, and Learning in the Disciplines; by Anne Herrington (Editor)

Pedagogical Partnership

Co-Creating Equitable Teaching and Learning: Structuring Student Voice into Higher Education; by Alison Cook-Sather

Pedagogical Partnerships: A How-To Guide for Faculty, Students, and Academic Developers in Higher Education; by Alison Cook-Sather

Pedagogical Research

Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering; National Research Council

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide for Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians; by Jacqueline Dewar, Curtis Bennett, Matthew A. Fisher

SoTL in Action: illuminating Critical Moments of Practice; by Nancy Chick

Stem Teaching

Entering Mentoring; by Christine Pfund, Janet Branchaw, Jo Handelsman

A Guide to Making Your Science Matter: Escape from the Ivory Tower; by Nancy Baron

Successful Science and Engineering Teaching in Colleges and Universities; by Calvin S. Kalman

Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators; by Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Norman L. Fortenberry (Foreword)

Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide; by Richard M. Felder, Rebecca Brent

Student Development

Generation Z: A Century in the Making; by Corey Seemiller, Meghan Grace

Generation Z Learns: A Guide for Engaging Generation Z Students in Meaningful Learning; by Corey Seemiller, Meghan Grace

Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks: Decode the Critical Thinking of Your Discipline; by Joan Middendorf, Leah Shopkow

Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College; by Lee J. Cuba, Nancy Jennings, Suzanne Lovett, Joseph Swingle

Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation; by Saundra Yancy McGuire, Stephanie McGuire (With), Thomas Angelo (Foreword)

Why Students Resist Learning: A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students; by Anton O Tolman (Editor), Janine Kremling

Student Engagement

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking and Active Learning in the Classroom; by John C. Bean

Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers; by Alison James, Stephen D. Brookfield

Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations (Second Edition); by Stephen John Quaye, Shaun R. Harper

Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty; Elizabeth F. Barkley

The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion; by Sarah Rose Cavanagh