The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the domain of conducting research on teaching and learning. “The core of that work includes the kinds of inquiry and investigation that faculty are most likely to undertake when they examine and document teaching and learning in their classrooms in order to improve their practice and make it available to peers” (Huber and Hutchings, 2005, p.4). Thus the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is necessarily public and leads to a product. In this context, classroom is broadly defined as anywhere learning occurs, so “classroom” does not need to be confined to the physical space of the classroom within a building. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) goes beyond good teaching and involve the systematic scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning and the public sharing and review of the work. SoTL is part of a public research agenda.
The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) supports SoTL projects which fit the above description. A total of 7 SoTL fellowships will be awarded each Academic Year, ideally one per college. SoTL Fellows will work on their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects with the support of FCTL staff and will form a learning community around the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, promoting this form of scholarship on campus.
Examples of appropriate SoTL projects:
- You are teaching a section of GEP 101 using the 7 Revolutions curriculum and another section of GEP 101 using the standard curriculum. You want to compare the student learning outcomes, experiences, and understanding of the Public Affairs Mission across the two delivery modalities.
- You are teaching two sections of the same course, one traditional face-to-face section and one face-to-face section enhanced with the use of technology and digital tools. You want to examine the effectiveness of the technology enhanced section compared to the traditional face-to-face section at influencing learning outcomes.
- You are teaching in a learning community and you want to examine the impact of this way of teaching on the attainment of student learning outcomes.
- Each fellow will be supported by a mini-grant in the amount of $1000
- Each fellow is encouraged to apply for the $500 travel funds from the FCTL to attend an SoTL conference or present their SoTL research
- Applications will be reviewed by a subset of the FCTL Advisory Committee
- Funds will be transferred to the faculty’s department
- Support from FCTL staff and Graduate Students to help with survey construction, research design, data management, and data analysis
- Support from the SoTL learning community of fellows
- Support through SoTL workshops and seminars
Possible Deliverables and/or Products from the SoTL project:
- A research paper
- A conference presentation
- A production
- A seminar
- Any other public product deriving from the work
Follow-up and Dissemination
- SoTL Fellows will be invited to present their findings on campus in different venues open to faculty, students, and staff.
- SoTL Fellows will be invited to take part in the SoTL learning community during the award year. Participation in the SoTL learning community in subsequent years is encouraged but optional.
- SoTL Fellows will submit a final report describing their project and the outcomes of their project. These reports will be published on the FCTL website.
Any faculty member (tenure track, per course, adjuncts, instructors) is eligible to apply for an SoTL Faculty Fellowship.
Review of applications will be conducted by a subset of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) advisory committee. Applications will be reviewed and judged based on quality, merit, and fit of the SoTL proposal with the criteria listed above.
The SoTL Faculty Fellowship proposals should not exceed 1500 words including references. The cover sheet (see attached documents) needs to be included but do not count in the word limit. Proposals should have an introduction clearly outlining the need and purpose of the project; a method section describing the design of the project, the procedure and the measures used in the project; and a section describing some of the expected results and implications of the project.
Applications for the SoTL Faculty Fellowships are due Monday October 24th, 2011. Applications need to be submitted either electronically to the FCTL at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or by campus mail, FCTL, Lib 204. A notification of receipt will be sent to the applicant.
Huber M. T., & Hutchings, P. (2005). The advancement of learning: Building the teaching commons. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.