Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Lee Shulman, President): Scholarly teaching is what every one of us should be engaged in every day that we are in a classroom, in our office with students, tutoring, lecturing, conducting discussions, all the roles we play pedagogically.... But it is only when we step back and reflect systematically on the teaching we have done, in a form that can be publicly reviewed and built upon by our peers, that we have moved from scholarly teaching to the scholarship of teaching.
Indiana University at Bloomington: The SOTL program is an initiative that seeks the goal of improved undergraduate learning. To this end it encourages, supports, and publicizes course-focused research projects that are faculty defined and implemented. It also carefully fosters an interdisciplinary community of conversation and engagement centered on teaching and learning. This community supports and enhances both the inquiry of individual faculty and a more evidence-based approach to teaching generally. Rather than focusing on specific issues or learning methods, the SOTL approach encourages faculty to explore a variety of approaches and to reflect on questions about student learning derived from their own experiences in the classroom. As such it is self-renewing and self-broadening. As more faculty members address more learning outcomes and explore more alternative learning environments, they use more diverse and increasingly sophisticated techniques to examine the effectiveness of their strategies.
Western Carolina University: SoTL at Western calls for a university-wide commitment and collaboration among faculty, administration, staff and students in initiating and continuing systematic conversation, reflection, research and dissemination about teaching and learning that is made public and open to critique in order to establish the scholarship of teaching and learning as research that is as institutionally valued and rewarded as traditional disciplinary scholarship with the ultimate goals of improved student learning, teaching effectiveness and enjoyment, faculty development and the creation of a deeply collegial academic community of and for teaching and learning.
Illinois State University: SoTL is systematic reflection on teaching and learning made public.
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College of Business Administration I believe that every day my students should leave the classroom having felt the value of preparing for, attending, and participating in class. One way I try to achieve this is by conveying my enthusiasm for teaching and learning. I believe that enthusiasm is infectious and that it can stimulate interest in a topic...
Bruce M. Wilson
College of Sciences I see teaching as a multi-faceted endeavor where the role of the teacher is to provide students with excellent training in Political Science, to equip them with the skills to succeed in their careers, and to become lifelong learners. In my classes, I emphasize critical-thinking and writing skills and expose studen...
John F. Weishampel
College of Sciences In the end, we conserve only what we love
We will love only what we understand
We will understand only what we are taught
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese ecologist As a biologist who focuses on conservation issues, I thumb-tacked this quote to the bulletin board above my office desk. It continua...