CFDE Reads: SoTL Scholarship on Millennials

CFDE Dean's Teaching Fellow Anne Winiarski offers this short round-up of key recent readings in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning literature. These articles specifically focus on a generation you all are likely the teaching: the Millennials. We have recently had a number of faculty ask us to provide them with some resources on best-practice techniques to make learning more engaging for this generation of students. The following readings are some of our favorites.

Journal Articles

Hartman, J.L., & McCambridge, J. (2011). Optimizing millennials’ communication styles. Business Communication Quarterly, 74(1), 22-44. 

Markulis, P.M., Murff, E., & Strang, D.R. (2011). Should college instructors change their teaching styles to meet the millennial student? Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, 38, 189-200.

Wilson, Michael and Leslie E. Gerber. How generational theory can improve teaching: Strategies for working with “millennials.” Currents in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall 2008, pp. 29-44.

Roberts, David H., Lori R. Newman, and Richard M. Schwartzstein. Twelve tips for facilitating millennials’ learning. Medical Teacher, Vol. 34, No. 4, January 2012, pp. 274-278. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.613498.

Online Resources

Deloitte. The 2016 Deloitte millennial survey. 

Novotney, Amy. Engaging the millennial learner.Monitor on Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 3, March 2010. 

Nevid, Jeff. Teaching the millennials. Observer, Vol. 24, No. 5, May/June 2011.


Doyle, Elaine. 2013. Innovative business school teaching: Engaging the millennial generation. New York: Routledge.

For Fun

Just exactly how millennial are you? Take this quiz from the Pew Research Institute to find out.