Professor of Higher Education & Co-Author of Learning Assessment Techniques, University of Alabama
Claire Howell Major is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Major has extensive teaching experience in higher education. Early in her career, working as a Teaching Assistant and then adjunct faculty member, she taught more than forty sections of developmental studies English, freshman composition, and sophomore literature. During this time, she taught across institutional types, including at a large urban community college, a two-year historically black college and university, a two-year technical institution, a public 4-year institution, and a large research institution. After completing her PhD, she worked as director of a center for teaching, focused specifically on problem-based learning, at a small private four-year religious institution. Her work there involved helping faculty across the university integrate innovative teaching methods into their courses. Now at the University of Alabama, she teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She most often teaches courses on college teaching, technology in higher education, and reading research in the field of higher education.