ED Must Read List

Submissions by EDC members and compiled by Natasha Hannon. See left menu for other suggested readings.


  • Parker J. Palmer “The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life”  2007, 1998.
  • Ken Bain’s “What the Best College Teachers Do”
  • John C. Bean’s “Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom  (2nd edition) (2011)**Suggested twice
  • Bligh, D. (2001) What’s the Use of Lectures? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (A superb book that addresses what can and can’t be accomplished in a lecture and how to do this effectively.)
  • Bligh, D. (2000) What’s the Point in Discussion?, Exeter: Intellect Books. (This is the best book I have found on the topic of discussion. It has a terrific chapter on the role of the tutor and excellent strategies for getting discussions started, helping to keep them on track and helping participants recognize what has been accomplished. When I teach using problem-based learning, I aways re-read that chapter.)
  • Fink, L. Dee (2003). Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
  • Beetham, H. and Sharpe, R. (2007). Rethinking pedagogy for a digital age: Designing and delivering elearning. Routledge, London and New York.
  • Illeris, K. (Ed). (2009). Contemporary theories of learning: Learning theorists in their own words. Routledge, London and New York.
  • Chick, N. L., Haynie, A. and Gurung, R. A. (Eds). (2012). Exploring more signature pedagogies: approaches to teaching disciplinary habits of mind. Stylus, Sterling VA.
  • Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by E. Barkley and P. Cross (2005)
  • Amundsen and Saroyan, Rethinking Teaching in Higher Education. The “McGill model” of course redesign had been so widely adopted in Canada and beyond. I’ve always liked it because it starts with concepts and content. To me, if you get this, you get an entree into later work like threshold concepts, decoding disciplines, and signature pedagogies.
  • Ray Land, Educational Development: Discourse, Identity, and Practice. Super account of different approaches we take to the work. Causes important Meta thoughts about the field.
  • Biggs and Tang, Teaching for Quality Learning (2011 edition). Constructive alignment is such a solid thing and clearly expressed herein; consolidates a lot of that Brit lit around approaches to studying and intended outcomes.
  • Poole G. and Iqbal, I. An Exploration of the Scholarly Foundations of Educational Development (Chapter 8) in Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, J.C. Smart, M.B. Paulsen (eds.) (2011).
  • Christensen Hughes, J. and Mighty, J. (eds.) (2010) Taking Stock: Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Montreal QC and Kingston ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press
  • Jeanette McDonald’s research on educational developers: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/31860/1/McDonald_Jeanette_L_201111_EdD_thesis.pdf


  • Barr, R.B., and Tagg, J. From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education. Change: 1995, 27(6), 12-25.    (The classic article addressing the implication for educators of changing one’s perspective of their role from thinking from thinking about “teaching students” to thinking about “bringing about learning”.)
  • Green, David A.(2010) ‘Words fail us: how academics view language and ideas in higher education research’, International Journal for Academic Development, 15: 1, 47 — 59
  • Deandra Little & David A. Green (2012) Betwixt and between: academic developers in the margins, International Journal for Academic Development, 17:3, 203-215
  • Brad Wuetherick & Tereigh Ewert-Bauer (2012) Perceptions of neutrality through a post-colonial lens: institutional positioning in Canadian academic development, International Journal for Academic  Development, 17:3, 217-229


  • The Teaching Professor
  • Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
  • Journal of Faculty Development