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).

View the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL) Overview YouTube Video

The SoTL Scholars Program is a year-long experience focused on writing research questions for classroom-based research, implementing quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques, and articulating the types of evidence that can be used to help answer SoTL research questions. SoTL is a valued form of scholarship at Iowa State University, as it involves systematically investigating questions related to student learning, with the goal of improving student learning and advancing practice beyond it through peer-reviewed presentations and publications. 

Call for: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars 2019-2020

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.

Eligibility: Any faculty member at Iowa State University (tenured, tenure-eligible, term, staff member with teaching appointment) may apply to be a SoTL scholar.

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 SoTL Faculty Fellow and fellow SoTL Scholars program participants.

Scheduled Activities: The SoTL Scholars Kick-Off will occur in late April 2019. Institutional Review Board application will occur summer 2019 with a check-in early fall semester 2019. 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 2020.

Funding: Participants will conduct their classroom-based research project during the 2019/2020 academic year. Participants who complete their SoTL projects have first preference for a CELT Presenter Grant for up to $1000 to be used for dissemination of results.

Application Requirements: Applicants will be asked to apply via CELT’s SoTL Scholars Program Application Qualtrics web form by providing:

  • A 2-page CV, and responses to the following questions:
    • Course/proposed course involved
    • What aspect of student learning and/or your teaching do you want to investigate?
    • How will you benefit from this experience?
    • How will your students benefit from this experience?

Application Deadline: Applications are due Friday, March 29th. Applicants will be notified by April 12th if they have been selected to participate in the SoTL Scholars Program.

For more information: Contact CELT Faculty Fellow, Ann Gansemer-Topf, anngt@iastate.edu