Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program

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 to improve their classroom and advancing practice beyond it. SoTL ultimately improves student learning through scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning processes and 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).

The SoTL Scholars Program is a cohort-based teaching and learning community. It 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 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 to improve student learning and advance practice beyond it through peer-reviewed presentations and publications.

About

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.  The goals of the SoTL Scholars program are:

  1. To improve teaching and learning in the classroom,
  2. Advance SoTL practice through peer-reviewed presentations and publications, and
  3. Facilitate a network of scholars that continually discuss and improve the teaching profession

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 the 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 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 be arranged in September 2021. Once-a-month participation in this program is required during the fall and spring semesters. Several individual meetings will also occur depending upon project development. It is anticipated that participants will share their work at a future CELT-sponsored event.

Funding: Participants will conduct their classroom-based research project during the 2021-22 academic year. Participants who complete their SoTL projects have first preference for a CELT Teaching Development Grant for up to $1000 to be used for completion of SoTL projects and dissemination of results.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the SoTL Scholars Program, please contact Cynthia Haynes at chaynes@iastate.edu

Application

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

  • A 2-page condensed vita (CV) for each investigator
  • 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 Process: Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are due on August 1, 2021. Notification of your applicant status will occur by August 15, 2021.

To apply, use the CELT’s SoTL Scholars Program Application Qualtrics webform or click on the button below.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the SoTL Scholars Program, please contact Cynthia Haynes at chaynes@iastate.edu or email celt@iastate.edu.