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.

 

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Sean Robb
College of Business Administration Sean Robb 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...

Jane Waterman
College of Sciences Jane Waterman Science is like a big jigsaw puzzle, and each research project is like a piece of that puzzle. To get this message across to my students, at all the levels I teach, I try to bring science alive to my classes, show them that science is always a work in progress and that it is exciting. I think it is important to in...

Kristen Schellhase
College of Health & Public Affairs Kristen Schellhase Be Prepared Plan lectures, labs and exams well in advance. The more organized the educator is, the more organized the student can be. The class syllabus should have a deliberate direction. All assignments should lead to further understanding of the material. Preparation includes making sure that the direction and...