Richard M. Felder
College teaching may be the only skilled profession for which no preparation or training is provided or required. You get a Ph.D., join a faculty, they show you your office, and then tell you "By the way, you're teaching 205 next semester. See you later." The result is the consistent use of teaching techniques that have repeatedly been shown to be ineffective at promoting learning. Many professors are surprised to learn that...
Dr. Richard M. Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is coauthor of Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, an introductory chemical engineering text now in its third edition. He has contributed over 200 publications to the fields of science and engineering education and chemical process engineering, and writes "Random Thoughts," a column on educational methods and issues for the quarterly journal Chemical Engineering Education. With his wife and colleague, Dr. Rebecca Brent, he codirects the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI) and regularly offers teaching effectiveness workshops on campuses and at conferences around the world. He has seven spectacular grandchildren.
What's new? As of February 20, 2014
"Tips on Test Taking." Chem. Engr. Education, 48(1), 57-58 (Winter 2014). Things students should and should not do when preparing for tests and taking them.
"Educational Practice and Educational Research in Engineering: Partners, Antagonists, or Ships Passing in the Night?" J. Engr. Education, 102(3), 339-345 (2013).
"The Curmudgeon's Corner." Chem. Engr. Education, 47(4), 207-208 (Fall 2013). Collection of miscellaneous gripes.
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