WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING?

There are multiple ways that the concept of scholarship can be connected to teaching.  For example, educational research involves rigorous and systematic study of educational environments to build theory and understanding of the way people learn.  Pat Hutchings and Lee Schulman (1999), of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, distinguished scholarly teaching (classroom practice informed by current research and ideas about teaching), from the scholarship of teaching (investigations of classroom practice and resulting learning that are publicly presented and subject to peer review).

At the University of Denver, in the Office of Teaching and Learning, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is defined more distinctly as engaging in research regarding pedagogical and curricular design and implementation practices that impact student learning. SoTL research is an example of reflective practice in higher education that is publicly shared and reviewed by a community of peers.

CHARACTERISTICS OF SOTL RESEARCH

Reflects the natures, values, fundamental concepts and modes of inquiry specific to our disciplines.

Inquires into the effectiveness of aims and research into teaching and learning.

Responds to the need for continuous improvement resulting from reflection and inquiry.

Considers learning assessments and outcomes

Communicates new questions and knowledge about teaching and learning.

SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING FACULTY FELLOWS PROGRAM AT DU

Overview

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship at DU is a yearlong program that is hosted by the Office of Teaching and Learning. Collaborating primarily with the Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Faculty Learning Communities, the SoTL Faculty Fellow will engage in activities to explore advancing new ways of understanding and evaluating student learning, as well as increasing belonging and leadership capacity. Faculty participants will be guided through the process of undertaking SoTL project from start to finish, with feedback from and interactions with the other members of the cohort as well as the program director, which culminates in a public presentation of the completed SoTL project at the SoTL Research Symposium. 

Two tracks are offered for faculty to choose from based on their experience and familiarity with SoTL: Scholarly Teacher and Advanced Practitioner. The Scholarly Teacher track prepares fellows to engage in SoTL research experience regardless of their previous engagement and familiarity with SoTL. The Advanced Practitioner track is geared towards advanced SoTL researchers who will continue their SoTL work throughout the year. All faculty selected will receive the supply expense of $350. Additionally, those selected in the Scholarly Teacher track will participate in three working retreats paid for by the OTL.

Scholarly Teacher Track

  • Participate in SoTL programming and complete deliverables: Faculty participants must be willing to travel to two SoTL events that are held off-campus in the Denver Metro area, and one on-campus event. 
    • 3-day Fall SoTL Retreat (August 29-31, 2023) 
    • 2-day Winter SoTL Retreat (December 12-13, 2023) 
    • 2-day Summer SoTL Retreat (June 17-18, 2024)
  • Complete SoTL artifacts: Faculty participants are expected to provide four deliverables, each of which is connected to the three SoTL events and the Research Symposium.
    • A SoTL proposal (September 22, 2023) 
    • A mid-year SoTL review (January 19, 2024) 
    • Data report (July 12, 2024)
    • Presentation of the completed SoTL poster at the SoTL Research Symposium (October 17, 2024)
  • SoTL Faculty Learning Community: Faculty participants attend monthly SoTL FLC meetings throughout the year.
    • During these meetings, faculty participants will spend time together exploring questions centered on teaching and learning, which include, but are not limited to, effective pedagogy, learning science, challenges of teaching and learning, accessibility in higher education, assessments, and curricular development.

Advanced Practitioner Track

  • Complete two online modules and two consultations by Friday, December 15, 2023
  • Complete two online modules and two consultations by Wednesday, June 19, 2024
  • Attend SoTL Writing Bootcamp (July 15-19, 2024)
  • Complete SoTL artifacts: Faculty participants are expected to provide the following four deliverables.
    • A SoTL proposal (September 22, 2023) 
    • A mid-year SoTL review (January 19, 2024) 
    • Data report (July 12, 2024)
    • Presentation of the completed SoTL poster at the SoTL Research Symposium (October 17, 2024)
  • SoTL Faculty Learning Community (Optional): Faculty participants are invited to attend monthly SoTL FLC meetings throughout the year.
    • During these meetings, faculty participants will spend time together exploring questions centered on teaching and learning, which include, but are not limited to, effective pedagogy, learning science, challenges of teaching and learning, accessibility in higher education, assessments, and curricular development. 
 
 

Application Process

The call for applications for the 2023-24 program will be sent out in May 2023. For reference, the Program Description and the Call for Application from the previous year can be reviewed for further information.

Faculty on all series can apply. 

To be considered, applicants should submit one (1) PDF of the following application materials: 

  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae (two-page maximum) 
  • Statement of your interest in the SoTL Faculty Fellowship Program (one-page maximum, single-spaced) 
  • (For Advanced Practitioner track only) Brief description of your experience in SoTL including a list of SoTL conferences/publications and/or a most recently completed SoTL project (one-page maximum)
  • Brief description of a teaching and learning question that you would like to investigate (one-page maximum). Please note that in most cases the projects will get revised as the Fellows participate in the program throughout the year. 

For best consideration, submit your application materials by Friday, July 28th, 2023 at 5 pm. 

Frequently Asked Questions

While some applicants may have a clear idea of their upcoming SoTL project, others may not. The SFF program is designed to lead all participants, regardless of their previous SoTL experience, from the beginning stages of research planning to the end of the project. Moreover, as the fellows participate in the program throughout the year, the project is very often further developed and revised according to their experiences. Therefore, as long as you have a teaching and learning question that you would like to explore during the program, you are welcome to apply. 

As the SFF program is yearlong, data collection may occur at any point during the academic year. Some participants may start collecting data with the onset of the program, whereas others may start as late as the spring quarter. The time of data collection would depend on each research question and on the quarter the course(s) that the faculty member will apply the SoTL project will be offered. If the data collection occurs in the spring quarter, then the data analysis can be planned for the summer months in time for the SoTL Research Symposium in October. 

Throughout the year, faculty participants will be guided through the process of undertaking SoTL project from start to finish, with feedback from and interactions with the other members of the cohort as well as the program director. By attending SoTL retreats, monthly FLC meetings, and one-on-one consultations with the program director, participants will be provided with helpful guidance and thoughtful resources along the way. 

The program is designed to support faculty in making meaningful progress through the retreats, the monthly FLC meetings, and the support of the program director. SoTL projects oftentimes require data collection in multiple courses; therefore, it is common for data collection to continue after the program ends. We anticipate that some participants may only have preliminary data in time for the presentation next October, which provide helpful insights on scholarly teaching practices, as well as the next steps in your SoTL research. Please note that there are many ways to be successful in the program; engaging in the SoTL research experience throughout the year is a significant feat, one that is celebrated at the SoTL Research Symposium. 

An important aspect of SoTL research is the public dissemination of the completed work. The SFF program includes one of such opportunities at the end of the year, when the participants present their SoTL research at the SoTL Research Symposium in October. Therefore, publication is not a mandatory requirement of this program. However, we emphasize the importance of sharing SoTL research via publication. For those interested in working to publish their completed SoTL project, all participants have the option to participate in the SoTL Writing Bootcamp in July. 

The exact number of faculty fellows selected each year will vary depending on interest and funding. To ensure that the program maintains a strong sense of community, a concentrated level of deep conversations on teaching and learning, and a high-quality SoTL research experience, the number of fellows will be kept at around ten per year.  

The Scholarly Teacher track is comprised of three working retreats that the fellows attend throughout the year. This intensive, immersive, in-person, cohorted program prepares fellows to engage in SoTL research experience alongside their cohort, regardless of their previous engagement and familiarity with SoTL. The Advanced Practitioner track is geared towards advanced SoTL researchers who will continue their SoTL work throughout the year with the support of the SFF Program Director. Those in the Advanced Practitioner track will also be able to partake in the SoTL community via monthly FLC meetings and SoTL Research Symposium in October.

The retreat hotel is in easy driving distance from the campus. While it is preferred that attendees stay the night to get the most of the retreat experience, participants with family/pet obligations preventing them from doing so may commute.  

If you are a faculty member who would like to participate in the 2023-2024 SFF program, please fill out this application form. For best consideration, submit your application materials by Friday, July 28th, 2023 at 5 pm. In case you are having trouble uploading your materials, you may also send your supporting materials to kayoung.kim@du.edu. 

Please note: Filling out the application form does not guarantee you a slot in the SFF program. Faculty Fellows will be selected based on their application materials, and selected fellows will be notified in early August. 

Ready to Apply?

The application for the 2023-24 program will be available in May, 2023. If interested in joining the program, please fill out the interest form below.

SoTL Resources

Teaching Conference Directory

Kennesaw State University has an award-winning website for finding teaching conferences through the use of a menu which sorts by city, state, country, discipline and topic in higher education.

Teaching Journal Directory

Kennesaw State University also has a directory which allows you to find journals by discipline and topic in higher education. These are useful when looking for journals to submit manuscripts for publication and for reading about innovative teaching ideas.