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Teaching and Learning in Higher Education features compact, practical books about how to teach at the college level. Series books are attentive to challenges and opportunities related to new technologies and incorporate the latest insights from the burgeoning field of cognitive science to impart perspectives on how students actually learn. Emphasizing the importance of “books written by human beings,” the series provides a welcome antidote to jargon-heavy prose more typical of books about higher education. All books in the series have a solid theoretical foundation in the learning sciences, offer practical strategies to working faculty, and provide guidance for further reading and study.

Learn more about our series authors here.

Series Editor:

James M. Lang is professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College. He writes a monthly column on teaching for the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the author of several books, including Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Wiley); Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard); On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard); and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins.

Editorial Advisory Board:

Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University
Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Assumption College
Jenae Cohn, Stanford University
Josh Eyler, University of Mississippi
Kevin Gannon, Grand View University
Mays Imad, Pima Community College
Cyndi Kernahan, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Guadalupe Lozano, University of Arizona
Michelle Miller, Northern Arizona University
Jessamyn Neuhaus, SUNY Plattsburgh
Viji Sathy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
John Staunton, Eastern Michigan University

For more information:

Authors interested in submitting proposals for consideration should contact series editor James M. Lang at or Derek Krissoff at West Virginia University Press at

Teaching the Literature Survey Course
Edited by Gwynn Dujardin, James M. Lang, and John A. Staunton

The Rope Swing

The Spark of Learning 
Sarah Rose Cavanagh