Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SoTL Symposium - Call for Proposals

The Office of Faculty Enhancement is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Symposium. The Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015. The SoTL Symposium will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Research Week (April 13th-17th), highlighting faculty and student research and scholarship at UNF.

The theme for this year’s SoTL Symposium is “Spanning Boundaries.” Teaching effectively and learning much often requires both teachers and learners to reach across conceptual, relational, and social boundaries that often constrain thinking and understanding. When educators encourage students to reach across those boundaries, and when educators reach across those boundaries themselves, educators and students discover that significant learning and transformational learning is possible.

Call for Proposals:
The Office of Faculty Enhancement invites proposals for the 2nd Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Symposium that fit the theme of “Spanning Boundaries.” Proposals addressing international education, community-based learning, transformational learning, interdisciplinary approaches, and other innovative teaching strategies are encouraged.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the systematic investigation of questions related to teaching and student learning characterized by clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, outstanding results, effective communication, and a reflective critique.

In sum, SoTL is about bringing a scholarly approach to teaching practice and student learning.

The deadline for submitting 250 word summaries HAS BEEN EXTENDED to February 17th, 2015.

Symposium Registration:
Register Now for the SoTL Symposium! (click or copy link below)

More on SoTL:
Hutchings, P., & Shulman, L. S. (1999). The scholarship of teaching: New elaborations, new developments. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning,31(5), 10-15. 
Glassick, C. E., & Huber, M. T., (1997). Scholarship assessed: Evaluation of the professoriate. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. SF: Jossey-Bass.


  1. There should be some type of incentive for faculty to engage in on-campus presentations as it has very low value during annual performance evaluations as well as tenure and promotion.

    1. Thanks for providing feedback. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning can be included in annual performance evaluations, and it is listed as suitable evidence for promotion and tenure. Such a local forum is not as prestigious as a national symposium, but it counts.