The SoTL Center accomplishes its mission in the following ways:
- Brown Bag Series
- Learning Communities
- Pedagogy workshops
- Summer research grants
- Mini-grants for small pedagogy projects
- Support for travel to conferences on discipline-specific pedagogy
Brown Bags are approximately every other Thursday from 11:40 to 12:40 in BAC C230. Lunch is provided at the room. Speakers are often recipients of the Summer reseach grants, but others are welcome to speak about SoTL articles they have read, SoTL projects they are planning or doing, and teaching related iniatives across campus. Contact anyone on the advisory board to talk about giving a Brown Bag or to get the current schedule.
SoTL Happy Hour(Learning Community on Teaching Excellence)
Small group discussions of contemporary issues in teaching and learning. Everyone welcome! Meetings are on alternate Fridays from 4-5:30 PM in Founders Hall 421. Contact Kim Roth to get the current schedule.
Junior Faculty Learning Community
This learning community is open to all untenured faculty, and provides a place where new faculty can discuss teaching issues and share teaching tips. Contact Li Shen to get the current schedule.
This group provides feedback and support for writing and submitting grant proposals. Contact Gina Lamendella to get the current schedule.
The SoTL Center hosts occasional workshops to improve the practice of teaching and learning.
The main purpose of the summer research grant is to facilitate the development of SoTL projects that will have the potential to be presented off-campus in some peer-reviewed form (either through presentation at a conference, or publication). However, we fund SoTL projects at all stages of development. An early phase proposal might include a literature review and the design of course materials to assess specific student outcomes, so that you are prepared to begin data collection when the semester starts. A late phase proposal might include a written analysis and interpretation of your data, using the methods and evidence appropriate to your discipline.
This year we are additionally encouraging and supporting projects of literature review into research and best practices for online and hybrid courses as described in the contingency planning documents. There does not necessarily have to be a planned SoTL project following the review, although that is encouraged. Preference will be given to projects that focus on online or hybrid teaching and learning as well as projects that include a planned SoTL project beyond a literature review
Stipends are normally $1500 for a proposal with one investigator, $2000 for a collaborative proposal involving two investigators, and $800 per investigator for larger teams. Applicants may request additional funds to cover purchases necessary for the SoTL project; these funds must be justified in the proposal.
Grant Narrative Instructions
The grant narrative should include these components:
· An explicit statement of the specific SoTL question that you are attempting to answer.
· An explicit statement of the goals that you hope to accomplish by the end of the summer.
· A review of relevant SoTL research that demonstrates that your project has been informed by peer-reviewed research on your chosen topic. If you are beginning a new SoTL project, this literature review can be brief as long as you intend to complete a more detailed review during the grant period.
All awardees will be required to submit a summary of their summer grant activities, and present their progress at a SoTL "Brown Bag" session during the following academic year. Half of the stipend is awarded at the beginning of the summer, and the other half is awarded upon completion of the presentation.
Please e-mail your proposal to the Director by May 15th. Responses to applications will occur by June 1.
Funds are available to promote small, positive changes to courses or the learning environment within the academic year. Awards are made on a rolling basis and are typically less than $500. Please contact the Director to apply.
The SoTL Center supports travel to pedagogic conferences and workshops. Please note that pedagogy must be the primary purpose of the conference or workshop. Faculty who wish to attend a professional conference that includes both academic and pedagogic sessions should instead apply for funding from the Professional Development Committee. Awards are made on a rolling basis. Please contact the Director to apply.