How is SoTL Useful for Me?

Research Opportunities: SoTL is research; quantifiable and rigorous research. More and more departments are counting SoTL publications toward decisions about tenure and promotion, though this is not yet universal.

Effective Teaching: By its very nature, SoTL directly impacts how effective your teaching is in terms of student learning. Engaging in SoTL will help you become a more effective teacher, as you become increasingly aware of your classroom practices and make strides toward systemic change. You will learn to focus your attention on continual assessments of your teaching practices.

Tenure & Promotion: Teaching effectively is one thing, but proving your effectiveness is quite another. SoTL makes it easy to demonstrate your practices in the classroom, and highlights your active interest in improving your teaching. Outcomes from SoTL research make natural components of teaching portfolios, which are often used in tenure & promotion decisions.

Renewal: Looking for new ways to examine or enhance student learning can help reinspire you as a teacher. For further inspiration, read: Teaching With Fire by S. Intrator and M. Scriber, 2003.

 

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Jeff Biddle
College of Education and Human Performance Jeff   Biddle My teaching philosophy is based on my desire to help my students be successful in the classroom, in the program, and most importantly, in life after graduation. I truly believe that "students do not care what you know until they know that you care." I try my best to learn the names of all of my stude...

Lindee Owens
College of Arts and Humanities Lindee  Owens Over the years, some things about my teaching have not changed. I always work hard to make that introduction to college relevant and rigorous. I badger and affirm students confident enough to question and volunteer, and use collaborative learning when a group’s strength cushions the personal risk that ac...

Joanna Mishtal
College of Sciences Joanna       Mishtal Having grown up in communist Poland, my memories of school days include intimidating oral exams in front of the class, punitive pop quizzes, severe discipline, and a symbolic barrier between student and teacher. After more than 20 years in the United States, these memories remind me of the kind of teacher I do n...