Looking for ideas on how to support faculty, staff, and graduate students engaging in SoTL work?
Here are some commonly reported faculty needs:
- information on SoTL methods, research question development, project design, conducting human subjects research/IRB, etc.
- opportunities to meet others engaged in SoTL and find collaborators for projects
- opportunities to discuss project ideas and interpreting results
- feedback on project designs, grant proposals, presentations/writing projects
- time, space, staffing, and funding to collect and analyze data
Here are some common approaches (SoTL programming models) faculty developers use to meet faculty SoTL needs:
- “How to…” SoTL informational sessions and workshop events: Typically “one-off” events or a series of events in which participants receive information about what SoTL work is and how it is done (e.g., developing a research question, methods, human subjects/IRB, grant proposal writing)
- SoTL Faculty Learning Community (FLC) or Reading Group–A group gathering on a regular basis to exchange knowledge, resources, and feedback (structure varies); typically involves people working on individual or team projects, but could be a reading group.
- SoTL Project Development Institutes–A cohort of people working on individual projects or team projects meeting over a period of time (typically a few days or a week) to learn SoTL skills, get feedback, or produce SoTL products (e.g., collected data, data analysis, presentation, article)
- SoTL Write-ins or Writing Retreats–Individual people or teams gathering (frequency varies; single day, few days or on a regular basis over a year) to produce SoTL products (e.g., grant proposal, presentation, article); may be whoever shows up or cohort.
- One-on-One Consultations or CTL Collaborations–Varies from single feedback on ideas email/meeting to full, ongoing co-PI involvement of CTL staff in SoTL project (e.g., help collect data, survey design develop, facilitating mid-semester student feedback sessions).
- Incentives to Develop or Complete SoTL Project—Financial or time incentives (e.g., seed grants, stipend, course buy-out) or staffing incentive (e.g., GRA hours) for instructor to design and implement a SoTL project; or disseminate work (e.g., conference registration).
- Awards or Title Recognizing Faculty Engaged in SoTL work–Varies from a formal university award to an honorific affiliation with CTL to a featured SoTL presenter tag in a pedagogy conference or showcase event.
- SoTL Showcases (Local Dissemination Events)–Varies in size, but goal is to provide a space for faculty to present their SoTL projects or results and meet other SoTLers.
- Train-the-Trainer Model (Faculty or Grad Student SoTL Fellows)–Programs that train faculty or graduate students in SoTL methodologies in order that they can serve as SoTL project consultants for others or assist in collecting/analyzing data for SoTL projects.
Additional Faculty Developer resources
What have you tried? Faculty developer stories from the SoTL Collaboratory: