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Roemer, Crow among co-authors of new UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers book

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Two University of Texas at Arlington faculty members are among the co-authors of a new book that aims to help both new and experienced teachers better guide and inspire college students to find their passion, expand their knowledge and ultimately pursue their dreams. 

The University of Texas Press published “The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching” in April. The book is the result of a collaborative effort among members of the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, which includes UT Arlington’s Kenneth Roemer, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts, and Mary Lynn Crow, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education.

The book provides teachers across all levels of the education landscape with suggestions designed to fuel creativity, encourage innovation and enhance student outcomes.

“Much has been written about the characteristics and skills required for effective teaching and learning at the K-12 level, but there is significantly less information available at the university level,” said Crow, who was inducted into the UT System Academy in 2013 and was one of the organization’s inaugural members.

“This book speaks to that need and is our attempt to provide guidance and experiences in higher education to the beginning of university professor in the classroom.”

A compilation of vignettes, the book spans a wide range of topics and teaching interests, including establishing safe learning spaces, developing curriculum, modeling the best teachers and leaving individual legacies.

“Drawing on the experiences of current Academy members, the book engages readers with secrets of the trade and practical advice for improving classroom effectiveness,” said Academy President Brent Iverson. “The plan is to provide every new faculty member a copy of The Little Orange Book when they are hired.”

UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven discusses The Little Orange Book during a recent meeting of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the only system-wide academy of its kind, was created in 2012 to recognize the most outstanding educators within UT System’s nine academic institutions. Members of the Academy serve as an advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education.

“As a system of higher education responsible for educating more than 200,000 students, our teachers are among our greatest assets. Their positive influence is vital to student success,” UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven said. “I commend the outstanding effort of the Academy in putting together The Little Orange Book – It is certain to become a key resource for new and experienced faculty alike. In fact, I plan to keep a copy in arm’s length of my own desk."

Roemer said: “This book is packed with bite-sized advice that spans all disciplines. We are delighted that Chancellor McRaven is so enthusiastic about promoting it.”

“The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching” is available online at Amazon.com and via the University of Texas Press.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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