of Adult, Career and Higher Education
Jim Eison is a psychologist who made teaching, learning and faculty development in higher education the focus of his professional career. Jim received his BA in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From 1976-1985, Jim taught a wide range of Psychology classes at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, TN; while there he was named the first recipient of a national award for outstanding teaching of psychology at the two-year college level given by Division Two of the American Psychological Association.
Turning his attention to faculty development, Jim next served as the founding director of Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Teaching and Learning (1985 - 1990). In 1990, Jim came to USF to serve as the founding director of the Center for Teaching Enhancement; currently this unit is known as the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE). He joined the Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education full-time in January 2003.
Jim currently teaches the Seminar in College Teaching (EDH 6938) during Spring and Summer semesters, Cognitive Issues in Instruction (EDF 7145) each Fall, Curriculum Development in Higher Education
each Fall, and various topical Critical Issues in Higher Education (EDG 7931) seminars such as "Powerful Pedagogies," "The Professoriate," "Teaching Improvement: Programs and Processes," "Teaching for Deep Learning." Jim also coordinates the Certificate in College Teaching Program for the department.
Research and Publications
Jim's scholarly writing, listed fully on his vita, has largely focused upon topics related to (a) instructional strategies and techniques, (b) student characteristics that influence learning, (c) assessing, testing, and grading, and (d) faculty development. His two major texts have been Making Sense of College Grades coauthored with Ohmer Milton and Howard Pollio (1986; Jossey-Bass) and Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom coauthored with Charles Bonwell (1991; ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, No. 1); this work has now been cited in over 2,000 publications. Jim also contributed an invited chapter entitled "Teaching Strategies for the Twenty-First Century" for Robert Diamond's A Field Guide to Academic Leadership (2002; Jossey-Bass).
As a community college faculty member, Jim served on such national committees as the American Psychological Association's Committee on Undergraduate Education (1982-1985). Based upon his active involvement in faculty development, he was elected to serve on the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium Executive Committee (1988-1991) and to the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education's (POD) Core Committee (1989-1992). In addition he has served as the President-Elect, President, and Past-President of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (1998-2001). To date, he has also been invited to conduct faculty development workshops on over 150 campuses in the United States, as well as for colleges and universities in Canada, Kuwait, and New Zealand.
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