Teaching Resources

Watch Professor Denial’s teaching workshops

Creating Breathing Room for Our Students and Ourselves

A Pedagogy of Kindness

Framing Our Pedagogy

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Bloomsbury, 2018.

Kevin Gannon, Radical Hope: A Manifesto. West Virginia University Press, 2020.

bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Routledge, 1994.

Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel, An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy. Hybrid Pedagogy.  Open access version

Michelle Moyd, “You Need Devotion: A Syllabus

Jessamyn Neuhaus, Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to be Effective Tecahers.

Django Paris and H. Samy Alim, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World. Teachers College Press, 2017.

Sherri Spelic, Care at the Core: Conversational Essays on Identity, Education, and Power. Tradition GmbH, 2019.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang, eds. Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View.Routledge, 2019.

Even Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor

Jesse Stommel, Chris Friend, and Sean Michael Morris, eds. Critical Digital Pedagogy: A Collection. Hybrid Pedagogy, 2020.

John Warner, Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities. Johns Hopkins, 2018.

Thinking about Science of Learning and Emotion

The Science of Adult Capabilities

Sarah Rose Cavanagh, The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion. West Virginia University Press, 2016.

Karen Ray Costa’s Trauma-Aware Teaching Checklist

Joshua R Eyler, How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching. West Virginia University Press, 2018.

Helen Immordino-Yang, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience. Norton, 2016.James M. Lang, Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It. Basic Books, 2020.

Universal Design for Learning (Thinking about Disabilities and More)

UDL Guidelines

Sheryl E Burgstahler, ed., Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice. Harvard, 2015.

Karen Costa, “Replay: Supporting Learners with ADHD,” Online Learning Toolkit Blog

Edward Hallowell and John Ratey, “ADHD Needs a Better Name.  We Have One.

Lillian Nave, Think UDL Podcast.

Patti Kelly Ralabate and Elizabeth Berquist,  Your UDL Journey: A Systems Approach to Transforming Instruction.  Cast Professional Publishing, 2020.

Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling, Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. West Virginia University Press, 2018

The Beginning of the Semester

Student Workload Estimator from Wake Forest

Community Building Activities from OneHE

Catherine Denial, “Making the First Day Matter,”

Jody Greene, “The Strange Case of the Exploding Student Workload.”

Remi Kalir on Annotating your Syllabus

Reading, Writing, and Collaborating

Group Work Can Work,” The Online Learning Toolkit Blog

Katherine Pickering Atonova, The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays. Oxford, 2020.

Asao B. Inoue, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future. The WAC Clearinghouse, 2015.

Asao B. Inoue, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future. The WAC Clearinghouse, 2015.

Clare Howell Major, Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. Wiley, 2014.

Jessamyn Neuhaus, “Sample Assignments,”

Danica Savonick, “Collaborative Close Reading,” HASTAC

John Warner, The Writer’s Practice: Building Confidence in your Nonfiction Writing. Penguin, 2019.


Ryan Cordell, “The Unessay,”

Catherine Denial, “The Unessay,”

Christopher Jones, “Assigning the Unessay in the U.S. Survey,” The Junto


Susan D. Blum, ed. Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What To Do Instead).

Catherine Denial, “Making the Grade,”

Jesse Stommel, “Ungrading: A FAQ.” 

Going Online

Karen Costa, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos: A Guide for Teaches and Flipped Classes. Stylus Publishing, 2020.

Flower Darby with James M. Lang, Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. Jossey-Bass, 2019.

Clare Howell Major, Teaching Online: A Guide to Research, Theory, and Practice. Johns Hopkins, 2015.

Melissa Wheler, “Re-Imagining In-Person Activities,” Online Learning Toolkit Blog