The Center for Teaching Excellence

 

Teaching the Military Student

Photo courtesy of Liberty University ROTC- ArmyThe academic buildings on our campus and internet connections around the world are filled with tens of thousands of student soldiers and veterans who choose Liberty University for higher education.  Liberty University is blessed to have an active military student body and ROTC program.  Liberty University Online’s (LUO) undergraduate and graduate programs boast student soldiers and veterans from all over the globe, allowing students the flexibility to study in different time zones, from different locations. 

Faculty members recognize our student soldiers and military veterans as capable students who sometimes have unique needs or unique circumstances.  This resource page was developed to help faculty better acquaint themselves with these challenges and prepare them to successfully guide these students.

Resources for Teaching Military Students

Faculty members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these available resources aimed at helping better reach and teach our student soldiers and military veterans. 

Liberty University Center for Teaching Excellence Resources

  • CTE FCC:  View an array of resources and recorded training sessions on the Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Communication Center (CTE FCC).  The link to the CTE FCC can be found in the My Bb Courses box on your Blackboard Portal. Featured recorded training sessions include:
    • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert F. Dees, Associate VP for Military Outreach, Working with the Military Student
    • Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. Bruce Bell, Associate Dean of CGS, Instructing the Online Military Student
    • Sgt. Dr. Will Honeycutt, Assistant Director of Christian/Community Service, Teaching Residential Military Students
    • Liberty University Military Student, Perspectives from a Military Student
  • Professional Development:  For a list of upcoming professional development and training opportunities, visit the Pro Dev Portal or download the workshop calendar.
  • CTE Library:  The CTE has a growing library of books available to borrow.

Liberty University Offices and ResourcesPicture compliments of the Office of Military Affairs

Books Available at the Jerry Falwell Library

  • Ackerman, R., & DiRamio, D. (2009). Creating a veteran-friendly campus: Strategies for transition and success: New Directions for Student Services, No. 126. Jossey-Bass.
  • Armstrong, K., Best, S., & Domenici, P. (2006). Courage under fire: Coping with strategies for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Ulysses.
  • Astor, R.A., Jacobson, L., & Benbenishty, R. (2012). The teacher’s guide for supporting students from military families. Teachers College Press.
  • Cantrell, B., & Dean., C. (2007). Once a warrior: Wired for life. Hearts Toward Home International.
  • DiRamio, D. (2011). Veterans in higher education: When Johnny and Jane come marching home: ASHE Higher Education Report. Jossey-Bass.
  • Finley, E. (2011). Fields of combat: Understanding PTSD among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Cornell University Press.
  • Friedman, M.J., & Sloan, L.E. (2008). After the war zone: A practical guide for returning troops and their families. Da Capo Press.
  • Hamrick, F.A., & Rumann, C.B. (2012). Called to serve: A handbook on student veterans and higher education. Jossey-Bass.
  • Herrmann, D. (2011). Progress in educating veterans in the 21st century. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Herrmann, D., Allen, B., Wilson, R.B., & Hopkins, C. (2009). Educating veterans in the 21st century. Booksurge Publishing.
  • Hill, J., Lawhorne, C., & Philpott, D. (2011). Life after the military: A handbook for transitioning veterans.  Government Institutes.
  • Hoge, C.W. (2010). Once a warrior-Always a warrior: Navigating the transition from combat to home – Including combat stress, PTSD, and mTBI. GPP Life.
  • Kelley, B., Smith, J., & Fox, E. (2013). Preparing your campus for veterans' success: An integrated approach to facilitating the transition and persistence of our military students. 
  • Hakanson, M. (2008). The spiritual side of traumatic stress normalization: Christian spirituality and social neuroscience considerations for clinicians and military chaplains. Waldport Press.
  • McNair, P., & Stielow, F. (2012). Identity series: Finding success as a returning veteran or military student. Addison Wesley.
  • Miller, L. (2011). A new approach for assessing the needs of service members and their families. RAND.
  • Nakashima Brock, R. & Lettini, G. (2012). Soul repair: Recovering from moral injury after war. Beacon Press.
  • Scurfield, R.M., & Platoni, K.T. (2013). War trauma and its wake: Expanding the circle of healing. Routledge.
  • Slone, L.B., & Friedman, M. (2008). After the war zone: A practical guide for returning troops and their families. Da Capo Lifelong.
  • Sherman, N. (2010). Untold war: Inside the hearts, minds, and souls of our soldiers. W.W. Norton.
  • Tick, E. (2005). War and the soul: Healing our nation’s veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books.
  • Thompson, D.A., & Wetterstrom, D.F. (2009). Beyond the yellow ribbon: Ministering to returning combat veterans. Abingdon Press.
  • Wizelman, L. (2011). When the war never ends: The voices of military members with PTSD and their families. Rowman and Littlefield.

Electronic Books Available at the Jerry Falwell Library

  • Berglass, N., & Harrell, M.C. (2012). Well after service: Veteran reintegration and American communities. Washington, DC: Center for a New American Security.
  • Everson, R.B., & Figley, C. (2011). Families under fire: Systemic therapy with military families. Routledge.
  • Moore, B.A., ed. (2012). Handbook of counseling military couples. Routledge.
  • Snyder, D.K., & Monson, C.M., eds. (2012). Couple-based interventions for military and veteran families: A practitioner's guide. Guilford Press.
  • Storti, C. (2011). Art of coming home. Intercultural Press.

Videos/DVDs Available at the Jerry Falwell Library

  • Brady, P. (2012). Mental health & the military. DVD. Eau Claire, WI: CMI Education Institute, Premier Education Solutions.
  • Exum, H., Menna, A., & Zalaquett, C. (2008). Counseling veterans: Strategies for working with returning soldiers. Online video recordings. Hanover, MA: MicroTraining Associates.

Resources from Other Institutions and Organizations

  • The Virginia Department of Health and Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia are funding free access (through Dec. 2014) of a 30 training simulation that supports the goal of creating a more veteran-friendly campus.  Kognito, in collaboration with Student Veterans of America, created the content.  For more information, access, and details on how to obtain the certificate of completion, view the flyer.

  • Family of Heroes offers free online resiliency training for military families.

  • The Ohio State University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching publishes a list of links to seventeen articles, centered upon four main questions, entitled, "Teaching Today's Student Veterans".

    • Who are Today's Veterans?
    • What does the Growing Number of Veterans Mean to Higher Education?
    • What are Signature Issues for Veterans?
    • What can we do to Support Student-Veterans in Higher Education?
  • Western Kentucky University's Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching has developed resources for faculty teaching military students and veterans.
  • The University of South Dakota and South Dakota Board of Regents developed materials for working with military students and veterans in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Education grant under the Student Veterans with Disabilities Quality Education Initiative.  Through special agreement, Liberty University faculty can find links to these videos and other materials on the CTE FCC (access through Blackboard), including:
    • 40 Percent
    • The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life
    • Overview of National Statistics
  • The Jed Foundation and the Bob Wooddruff Foundation have partnered to create a free training tool
  • The Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University provides a variety of resources for military students and veterans.
  • American Council on Education publishes several military friendly guides, handbooks, and articles that align with Department of Defense and higher education goals of servicing military students and veterans.

Suggested Articles

Guides, Newsletters, and Reports

Other Suggested Books 

  • Armstrong, K., Best, S., & Domenici, P. (2006). Courage under fire. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press.
  • Cantrell, B. & Dean, C. (2005). Down range to Iraq and back. Seattle, WA: Wordsmith Books.
  • Hermann, D.J., Hopkins, C., Wilson, R.B., & Allen. B. (2010). Improving college education of veterans. North Charleston, SC:  Booksurge.
  • Mettler, S. (2005). Soldiers to citizens: The GI Bill and the making of the greatest generation. Cambridge: Oxford University Press.