The Professor’s Puzzle is designed as a handbook for new and aspiring professors to help them transition from the independent research of their doctoral program to classroom teaching. Unfortunately, acquiring a Ph.D. often does not involve real preparation for teaching. One cannot assume that mastering content necessarily means one is qualified to teach it.
Drawing from years of experience training young faculty members, professor Michael S. Lawson gathers together the best of educational research and practices, leavened with the yeast of Christian theology, so that readers are equipped to put the “teaching puzzle” together. Ideal for aspiring professors in Christian higher education, as well as all who enter the teaching profession, so they may learn artful teaching and careful administration.
1. A Philosophy for Christian Secondary and Higher Education
2. Helping Students and Teachers Integrate Learning
3. Learning Theories for the Practitioner
4. Planning Skills in Syllabus Design
5. Mastering Content
6. Managing Skills: The Classroom Experience
7. Evaluating Skills: Assessing Students, Courses, and Professors
8. Instructing Skills: Using Appropriate Variety
9. Relating Skills: A Particularly Christian Idea
10. Institutional Realities
“Listen up, fellow Christian educators! The Professor's Puzzle is required reading for the guild. This hands-on, accessible text addresses our most critical issues with categorical precision. Dr. Michael Lawson, a master educator, and practitioner, speaks from both classroom and administrative experience. Yet he does so with great pastoral skill. Make this THE tool for your professional development—and your personal puzzle will radically improve.”—Mark M. Yarbrough, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Dallas Theological Seminary