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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: SoTL

Message From the Provost

“Duquesne University prides itself that each of its faculty members dedicates time and effort both to teaching with skill and passion and to pursuing exemplary research and scholarship. Happily, those paired commitments sometimes serve a single end – to the benefit of Duquesne students and pedagogical theory alike. SoTL scholarship thus realizes the university’s Spiritan mission in a very special way.”

Timothy R. Austin, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Library Contact

Please contact Marcia Rapchak for assistance with:
· Finding journals in your discipline that publish SoTL articles
· Finding sample SoTL articles in your discipline
· Finding sources for a literature review for your SoTL research

Marcia Rapchak, Ed.D

Instruction Librarian
Gumberg Library | Duquesne University
(412) 396-5344

Last Updated: 9/8/2017

Page adapted from Leslie Lewis, former Reference and Instruction Librarian


What is SoTL?

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the “systematic reflection on teaching and learning made public.” – Illinois State University

“The scholarship of teaching and learning involves systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations or publications.” (Kathleen McKinney, “What is SoTL in Higher Education?”)

“The scholarship of teaching and learning addresses the intellectual work of the classroom, especially teaching and learning, as the focus of disciplinary-based learning, captures that work in appropriate formats for self-reflection or presentation to peers, and applies the results to practice.” (Barbara Cambridge, Fostering the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Communities of Practice, 2001)

Past Events

Intro to the Creative Teaching Award and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Union 109

Facilitators: Lucia Osa-Melero & Carmen Martinez (Modern Languages & Literatures) and Laurel Willingham-McLain (Center for Teaching Excellence) & Marcia Rapchak (Gumberg Library) 

Duquesne's Creative Teaching Award has three criteria: scope of involvement, innovativeness, and evidence that the innovation resulted in student learning. In this session, Lucia Osa-Melero and Carmen Martinez will present their award winning project, "Reading to Play Playing to Read: A Community-Engagement tool to revitalize studies of Spanish." Laurel Willingham-McLain, the award review committee chair, will provide Creative Teaching Award tips and outline the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) model on which the award is based. Participants will receive a copy of last year's winning submission and guidelines for the 2018 Creative Teaching Award.

IRB Considerations for Conducting Research with Students and Community Members as Respondents

Tuesday, October 17, 3-4:15 pm

Union 109

Leader: Dr. David Delmonico, Chair, Institutional Review Board

Faculty panelists: Jeryl Benson (Occupational Therapy) and Darius Prier (Education) 

Increasingly, Duquesne faculty are engaging in rich research involving their students and community members as respondents.  This workshop will address Duquesne University Institutional Review Board requirements specific to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and to community-engaged research. The IRB chair will outline the principles and steps involved in submitting a successful IRB protocol.  Faculty panelists will describe specific IRB submission and consent processes related to research they are conducting.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research and the Institutional Review Board


CETR Writing Retreat

Presenter: Laurel Willingham-McClain

June 2016 (retreat has occurred) 

Intended for faculty who want to move along a writing project about their community-engaged scholarship, or to brainstorm potential written products about their teaching or research. This year's retreat will be held at Point Breezeway, a historic urban barn tucked away in the quaint and peaceful neighborhood of Point Breeze. We will have brief (come-if-you-like) talks on the scholarship of teaching and learning; publication outlets for community-engaged work; and a panel of peers who will discuss their experiences publishing community-engaged scholarship. 

Why SoTL?

Why conduct SoTL research?

Improve teaching, learning, curriculum at DU

Make it public through peer-reviewed presentations and publications

Promotion & Tenure uses: varies by context at DU

Contact CTE

Center for Teaching Excellence
600 Forbes Avenue
20 Chatham Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15282 

Picture of Laurel

Laurel Willingham-McLain, Ph.D.

Director, Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence