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, 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).

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 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.

Request for Proposals: CELT Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars 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.

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 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 on Thursday, August 27th from 12:10 – 1:00. Twice a-month participation in a SoTL Teaching and Learning circle is required during the fall semester. The sessions will occur on the first and third Thursday of each month from 2:10 – 3:30. These will occur either face-to-face or online. It is expected that participants will share their work at a CELT sponsored event in late spring 2021.

Funding: Participants will conduct their classroom-based research project during the 2020/2021 academic year. Participants who complete their SoTL projects have first preference for a CELT Presenter Grant for up to $1000 to be used for the 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
  • 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?

Deadline: Applications will be available on March 1 and due on Monday, June 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified by June 15, 2020 if they have been selected to participate in the CELT SoTL Scholars Program.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the SoTL Scholars Program, please contact CELT Faculty Fellow, Ann Gansemer-Topf, at anngt@iastate.edu.