Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program

The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves faculty framing and systematically investigating questions related to student learning, with the goal of improving their own classroom, as well as advancing practice beyond it. SoTL ultimately improves student learning by means of scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning processes and also includes sharing results so others can review, critique and build on the work. The Faculty Handbook covers SoTL under Promotion and Tenure Evaluation and Review (section 5.2.2.3.2).

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Request for Proposals SoTL Scholars Program

Due date: Monday, March 27, 2017 for the 2017-18 Program

Proposals are now being accepted for ISU faculty participation in the CELT SoTL Scholars Program. The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves faculty framing and systematically investigating questions related to student learning, with the goal of improving their own classroom as well as advancing practice beyond it through peer-reviewed presentations and publications.

Purpose: The purpose of the SoTL Scholars Program is development of a SoTL project. The year-long-experience will focus on writing research questions for classroom-based research, quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques, and the types of evidence that can be used to help answer SoTL research questions. Faculty participants receive guidance from the Associate Director of CELT and fellow SoTL Scholars program participants.

Scheduled Activities: The SoTL Scholars Kick-Off will occur in late April 2017. Institutional Review Board application will occur summer 2017 with a check-in early fall semester 2017. Once a-month participation in a SoTL Teaching and Learning circle is required and will be arranged based upon participants’ schedules. It is expected that participants will share their work at a CELT sponsored event in late spring 2018.

Funding: Participants will conduct their classroom-based research project during the 2017/18 academic year. We anticipate funding up to 8 SoTL Scholars/Scholar teams at $1,850 each. This funding is for professional development opportunities or materials related to teaching, it may not be used for salaries or benefits. Hourly pay for an undergraduate or graduate student assistant is permissible. Half of the $1,850 or $925 will be transferred to the participant’s departmental professional development account mid-project, and after completion and evaluation, the remaining half, $925 will be deposited.

You are invited to collaborate with graduate students and postdocs applying for the CIRTL Teaching as Research grants.

To submit a proposal, please download CELT SoTL Scholars Program form (DOCX)  and email the completed application to Sara Marcketti, CELT Associate Director, at sbb@iastate.edu

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