Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation

Leadership

Linda B. Nilson is founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, now in its third edition (Jossey-Bass, 2010), The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (Jossey-Bass, 2007), Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Stylus, 2013) and Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (Stylus, 2015). Currently she is working on the fourth edition of Teaching at Its Best for Jossey-Bass and is researching how cognitive psychology should inform our choices of instructional technologies. 

In addition, Dr. Nilson co-edited Enhancing Learning with Laptops in the Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2005) and Volumes 25 through 28 of To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development (Anker, 2007, 2008; Jossey-Bass, 2009, 2010). To Improve the Academy is the major publication of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education.

Dr. Nilson’s career as a full-time faculty development director spans 25 years. In this time, she has published many articles and book chapters and has given well over 500 keynotes, webinars, and live workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities both nationally and internationally. She has spoken on dozens of topics related to course design, best teaching practices, assessment, scholarly productivity, and academic career matters. In her recent articles, she documents the instability of faculty development careers, raises serious questions about the validity of student ratings, and describes instructor-friendly ways to measure learning at the course level.

Before coming to Clemson University, Dr. Nilson directed teaching centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, Riverside.  She has also taught graduate seminars on college teaching.  She entered the area of educational development while she was on the sociology faculty at UCLA.  After distinguishing herself as an excellent instructor, her department selected her to establish and supervise its Teaching Assistant Training Program.  In sociology, her research focused on occupations and work, social stratification, political sociology, and disaster behavior.

Dr. Nilson has held leadership positions in the POD Network, Toastmasters International, Mensa, and the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium.  She was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in sociology.  She completed her undergraduate work in three years at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Contact Dr. Nilson at:

Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation
Clemson University
448 Brackett Hall, 321 Calhoun Drive
Clemson, SC 29634  U.S.A.

Phone: 864-656-4542
E-mail: nilson@clemson.edu
www.linkedin.com/in/lindabnilson/

Recent Publications

Nilson, Linda B. 2013. Measuring Student Learning to Document Faculty Teaching Effectiveness. Pp. 287-300 in To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, Vol. 32, edited by J. E. Groccia and L. Cruz. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nilson, Linda B. 2013. Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Nilson, Linda B. 2013. The Top Ten Reasons Why We Have to Teach Our Students How to Learn. StylusPub blog posting.

Nilson, Linda B. 2012. Time to Raise Questions about Student Ratings. Pp. 213-228 in To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, Vol. 31, edited by J. E. Groccia and L. Cruz. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nilson, Linda B., Nuhfer, Edward B., and Mullinix, Bonnie B. 2011. Faculty development as a hazardous occupation. Pp. 290-305 in To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, Vol. 30, edited by J. E. Miller and J. E. Groccia. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nilson, Linda B. 2011. Saving time on assignments, tests, grading, and hand-holding. Top Ten Productivity Tips for Professors, #74 (October 7).

Memmer, Susan E., Howe, Linda, Timmons, Shirley M., Nilson, Linda B., and Parker, Veronica. 2011. Evaluation of the effectiveness of “The Village”: A pharmacology education teaching strategy. Nursing Education Perspectives, 32(5), 338-341.

Nilson, Linda B. 2011. Taking ownership of your writing time. Top Ten Productivity Tips for Professors, #61 (August 2).

Nilson, Linda B. 2010. Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors. 3rd Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nilson, Linda B. and Miller, Judith E., editors. 2010. To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development, Vol. 28. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nilson, Linda B. 2009. Editor's introduction: The educational developer as magician. Pp. 3-13 in To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development, Vol. 27, edited by L. B. Nilson and J. E. Miller. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nilson, Linda B. and Miller, Judith E., editors. 2009.  To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development, Vol. 27. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.