This introductory chapter takes a look at the current state of college teaching in the United States. It first embarks on a review of the literature dedicated to exploring the serious challenges faced by higher education in the United States. From there, the chapter links scholarship to teaching and discusses further significant research about teaching practices that can lead to deeper and more enduring student learning. Next, the chapter addresses the current student demographics in colleges and universities today, tackling challenges related to a growing diversity of students on campus. Finally, the chapter describes the workshops, research, and advocacy which has shaped the ideas formed in this book. It briefly explores the extent of teaching recommendations and reflections on the art and science of teaching and learning.
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