“Teach Better, Save Time, and Have More Fun: A Guide to Teaching and Mentoring in Science” Penny J. Beuning, Dave Z. Besson and Scott A. Snyder with an annotated bibliography by Ingrid DeVries Salgado, ISBN 9780963350497 (2014) Free download 

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Table of Contents




Part I. Developing and Delivering Effective Courses

  1. Starting and Staying Strong

                           Setting the Tone

                           Obtaining Useful Feedback

                           Conveying Enthusiasm

                           Motivating Students to Learn

                           Posing and Fielding In-Class Questions


  1. Class Preparation; Teaching a Course for the First Time

                           Designing New Courses


  1. Utilizing New Pedagogy and Active Learning

                           Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

                           Fun, Innovative, and Active Learning

                           Leading Discussions


                           Integrating Lecture and Laboratory

                           Discovery-Based Laboratories

                           Integrating Research with Teaching

                           Dealing with Resistance


  1. Teaching with Technology


                           Student Personal Response Systems, “Clickers”


                           Tablet PC, Electronic Inking


  1. Student Assignments and Assessments

                           Formative Assessments: Getting and Giving On-going Feedback

                           Exams, Homework, and Grading



  1. Leading Large Lecture Classes

                           Remember, It’s entertainment

                           Maximizing Student Interactions through Office Hours and Email

                           Using your Teaching Assistants

                           Learn from the Efforts of Others


  1. Time-saving Tips in Teaching 


  1. Identifying and Overcoming Challenges and Misconceptions in Teaching and Education


Part II. Mentoring Students at Diverse Levels in Research

  1. Mentoring Goals

                           Setting Expectations

                           Career Mentoring

                           Student Presentations

                           Mentoring Within the Group

                           Group Environment



                           Staying Organized

                           When to Pull the Plug on Projects?

                          Motivation Issues and Other Challenges


  1. Postdoctoral Researchers


  1. Graduate Students


  1. Undergraduate Students


  1. High School Students, Teachers, and Other Researchers


Part III. Developing Effective Outreach

  1. Goals of Outreach


  1. Developing an Outreach Program


Part IV. Thoughts on Becoming an Effective Teacher-Scholar

  1. Balancing Responsibilities


Appendices and Annotated Bibliography