History of university-wide SoTL support initiatives at Mason

SoTL Showcase Sessions at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference (2014-present)

Since 2014, there has been a featured Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Showcase session at George Mason University’s annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning (ITL) conference organized by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning. ┬áThis 90 minute session has been organized and led by a faculty member (Dr. Kelly Schrum 2014-present) and consists of a series of SoTL project lightning talks (5 minutes) by Mason faculty, staff, graduate students engaged in SoTL work, followed by a roundtable discussion. ┬áPast presenter information and some presentation materials can be found in the ITL Conference Proceedings archives.

SoTL Faculty Learning Community (ran 2019-2020)

Funded by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Faculty Learning Community (FLC), supported a cohort of Mason faculty interested in SoTL research, grant writing, and publishing. Facilitators and participants worked individually and collaboratively in a supportive environment that centered on a series of themed group meetings.  The pandemic that began 2020 disrupted the FLC.

  • FLC Leaders:
    • Kelly Schrum, Associate Professor in the Higher Education Program
    • Jill Nelson, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Jessica Rosenberg, Acting Director of the STEM Accelerator and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

“Getting started in SoTL” Sessions

“How to get started in SoTL” sessions were offered as part of the Active Learning Classroom (ALC) Orientation and ALC-Faculty Learning Community Support (2014-2017).  These sessions were designed to support faculty interested in documenting and studying the impact of the “new things” they were trying in their teaching as part of their curriculum redesign for teaching in the ALCs on campus.  These sessions led to the support of the SoTL FLC that ran 2019-2020.