Program Description

Teaching Scholars

The Teaching Scholars Program promotes shared scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning. Those interested in conducting scholarly examinations of strategies designed to enhance student learning are encouraged to apply. This program continues to be built around collaborative relationships with interdisciplinary faculty colleagues engaging in the scholarly examination of learning. The primary goal of this program is to support faculty in the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly projects that identify and create significant learning environments.

The broad aims of the program include:

  • Assessing, developing, and enhancing student learning
  • Building an interdisciplinary community of scholars around learning and teaching
  • Building strategies for the scholarly study of student learning
  • Identifying, through research, elements of significant learning environments

The benefits of the program for participants include:

  • Participating in a year-long program that focuses on the scholarship of learning and teaching
  • The development of collegial relationships across disciplines
  • Participation at one funded conference on learning, teaching, and SoTL
  • Unit will receive $3,000.00 to cover costs associated with workload reallocation.
  • Developing methods for studying, documenting, and assessing learning and teaching.
Application questions of no more than 200 - 400 words each include:
  • Briefly state your philosophy regarding teaching and student learning
  • What experiences, interest, knowledge, and skills might you contribute to colleagues in this learning community

Community is a key element in the Teaching Scholars Program.  Our goal is to foster a learning community where scholars support one another in the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly projects that examine student learning.

  • Describe innovative teaching activities in which you have been involved that have made a difference in your students' learning

e.g., efforts to improve teaching, development of curricular materials, etc.

  • Indicate how your participation in this program will contribute to our professional goals
  • At this time, what are the research question(s) that you are proposing for your project (no more than 400 -600 words)

Each Teaching Scholar will be expected to develop a scholarly examination into one or more areas of student learning.  In particular, scholars will examine how particular teaching strategies influence student learning.  These projects might be linked with a specific course or process designed to improve student learning (such as cooperative learning, active learning, technology implementation)

Applications will be accepted from all full-time Tenure Track and full-time Non-Tenure Track faculty members. All applicants must submit a current vitae as well as a letter of support from their unit administrator.  The vitae and support letter should be sent directly to