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Center for Faculty Engagement (CFE): Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Getting started with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. (2013, September 9). Key characteristics of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Retrieved from

In the video below, SoTL scholars share their recommendations for what to read to learn more about the scholarship of teaching and learning:

Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. (2013, September 14). Reading recommendations for the new SoTL scholars. Retrieved from 

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

How does A&M-Central Texas define Scholarship?

Writing Scholarship

In the Provost Faculty Resources community in Canvas, you will find the Promotion & Tenure module, with information including the SAP 12.02.00.D0.01 on Institutional Procedures for Implementing Tenure and Promotion. On page 14, in item 4.3  Scholarly or Artistic Endeavor, you will find this section:

"Scholarship at A&M-Central Texas can be defined as those activities that systematically advance the teaching, research, and knowledge of academic disciplines through rigorous inquiry that:

1) is significant to the discipline, 2) is made public, 3) is creative, 4) can be documented, 5) can be replicated or built on by other scholars, and 6) is available for peer review and critique according to accepted standards.

Furthermore, scholarship at A&M-Central encompasses four possible areas critical of academic work, including the scholarship of:

    1. discovery, where new and unique knowledge is generated;
    2. teaching, where the professor creatively builds bridges between his or her own understanding and the students’ learning;
    3. application, where the emphasis is on the use of new knowledge to solve society’s problems; and
    4. integration, where new relationships among disciplines are discovered.
    5. A faculty member’s scholarly work should both contribute to his or her discipline and serve as an indication of professional competence and development. It should serve as a vehicle to enrich and inform the faculty member’s teaching. To qualify as scholarship or creative work, the results of a scholarly or artistic endeavor must be disseminated and subject to critical peer evaluation in a manner appropriate to the field in question. However, scholarship and artistic endeavor can take many forms, and the criteria for judging the original or imaginative nature of research or creative work must derive from current and generally accepted standards in the applicable discipline or professional area, as reflected in each College’s performance criteria and standards document (see Section 3.6)."

      For our SoTL efforts, we will focus on scholarship pertaining to and about teaching!

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SoTL Journals

College Teaching is an interdisciplinary academic forum on issues in teaching and learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. This is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal, published by Taylor & Francis.

Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL) is a forum for the dissemination of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in higher education for the community of teacher-scholars. Open, editorial peer review.

International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISOTL) is an open, double-blind peer reviewed electronic journal published twice per year by the Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. The journal is an international forum for research and information about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its applications in higher/tertiary education.

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching is a peer a peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.

I have been part of the on the editorial/peer review boards of Insight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching for the past nine years. In 2013, we published a volume devoted to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Paired essays, written by faculty members and students examined each chapter in the updated The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered: Institutional Integration and Impact, by Hutchings, Huber, and Ciccone (2011). The essays addressing chapter 2 on Teachers and Learning, were written by A&M-Central Texas faculty member, Dr. Andria Schwegler and student Kristin Atkinson.

SoTL blog

Dr. Katie Linder (Oregon State University) hosts a great podcast series, Research in ActionIn the episode linked here, she speaks with Dr. Peter Felten, assistant provost for teaching and learning, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and professor of history, about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Listen to their conversation and check out the resources on the site. 


You may also want to look at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Teaching and Learning page (sign up for the newsletter).

Other resources

Remember to check within your disciplines, and check out the resources of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).