Writing

For the past decade my writing has focused primarily on teaching and learning in higher education, including my three most recent books: Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard UP, 2013); On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008); and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005).  I write a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education.  I have also published arguments or reflections on various aspects of higher education, from cheating to the high cost of a college education, in a range of newspapers and magazines, including Time, The Boston Globeand Notre Dame Magazine.   

But not all of my writing focuses on higher education.  My first book, Learning Sickness: A Year with Crohn's Disease (Capital Books, 2004), was a memoir of a difficult year living with a chronic illness (which, happily, seems to have entered into long-term remission a half-dozen years ago).  In addition to that memoir, I have written literary or creative nonfiction essays for a variety of publications over the years as well.  For an example of my general nonfiction , you can read my account of doing the overnight shift with some homeless families, published in America.

My newest book, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, was published by Jossey-Bass in March of 2016.  It uses recent research in cognitive theory to argue that small changes to the learning environments we build for our students can have a major impact on their learning.  

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