His historical scholarship
centers on the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East (principal works include The March to Zion: United States
Policy and the Founding of Israel, 1980, 2000), but he has long taken an interest in teaching and learning issues and in
recent years has contributed to the scholarship in that area. Internationally recognized for his insights into teaching
and learning and for a fifteen-year study of what the best educators do, he has been invited in recent years to present
workshops or lectures at over three hundred and fifty universities and events--in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South
America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. His learning research has concentrated on a wide range of issues, including
deep and sustained learning and the creation of natural critical learning environments.
now classic book What the Best College Teachers Do. (Harvard University Press, 2004) won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone
Prize for an outstanding book on education and society, and has been one of the top selling books on higher education. It
has been translated into twelve languages and was the subject of an award-winning television documentary series in 2007.
The sequel, What the Best College Students Do, also from Harvard University Press, won the Virginia and Warren Stone
Prize in 2012, and has become an international best seller. So far, it has been translated into two languages besides
English (Korean and Spanish), but other editions are forthcoming.
He has won four major
teaching awards, including a teacher-of-the-year award, faculty nomination for the Minnie Piper Foundation Award for outstanding
college teacher in Texas in 1980 and 1981, and Honors Professor of the Year Awards in 1985 and 1986. A 1990 national publication
named him one of the best teachers in the United States.
He has received awards from the Harry
S Truman Library, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the
International Studies Association, among others. He is currently completing his third book on U.S. relations with the Middle
East (The Last Journey Home: Franklin Roosevelt and the Middle East).