Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative is a year-long learning community designed to support faculty who want to investigate a critical question about their students' learning. The goals of the initiative, which begins in the spring and runs through the following academic year, are:
- to create a structured, supportive opportunity to develop participants' skills of pedagogical reflection, inquiry and scholarship;
- to provide participants with information and insights for ongoing improvement; and
- to contribute to departmental and program assessment efforts.
The initiative is open to all faculty, whether you are new to this kind of work or are an experienced scholar of teaching and learning. Participants who complete a project and submit a final report will receive a stipend. Our intent is to keep the group small (less than a dozen people) so participants can give sufficient attention to each project—contributing to and learning from one another's efforts. In this spirit, collaborative projects are encouraged, though not required.
A wide variety of projects might be eligible for inclusion in the Initiative. For instance, you may wish to investigate how a particular pedagogical approach affects students' understanding of a key concept. Or, faculty members teaching courses at different levels within a major might want to investigate how students integrate their learning across courses over time. Or, faculty from different fields (or teaching linked courses) might come together to investigate the impact of their individual and collective efforts on students' development of critical thinking skills. These are just examples; we encourage you to think about something that would help you understand and improve your practice in the classroom. A list of projects from previous cohorts of the initiative can be found here, for an idea of the range of possibilities. If you are new to the idea of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, you can find articles on the topic and examples of how it is applied in our eLibrary.
The application process and important dates and deadlines for the next cohort of the initiative can be found at the links to the left of this page. If your project is selected, you will have the opportunity to refine your project design at a 2-day workshop in May (dates are in the "Important Dates and Deadlines" link.) Projects will actually be conducted and written up during the following academic year, and should focus on a course or courses taught during that year. During the year, the group of investigators will meet regularly to provide mutual support, identify and address issues that arise in the course of the work, and plan for ways to share important findings with one another and with colleagues. Because this mutual mentoring is a key feature of the scholarly process, participants are expected to attend all of the meetings during the year. Meetings will be scheduled to accommodate participants' schedules as much as possible.
Participants in the program will receive a stipend of $400 for attendance at the May workshop, and $1,000 for a documented, completed study submitted at the end of the academic year. Because a key goal of this initiative is to treat investigations of teaching and leaning as scholarship, a writing retreat will be offered in the following summer to help participants hone their work for publication in a peer reviewed journal or other appropriate professional outlet.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Pat Hutchings (firstname.lastname@example.org), the CTA Scholar in Residence, or David Boose (email@example.com), the CTA Director. We will be pleased to talk with you about project ideas.