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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: SoTL

Message From the Provost

Duquesne University is a national model for teacher-scholars who balance their time between teaching, research and scholarship.  These paired commitments help us to achieve our mission to serve God by serving our students and also allow Duquesne to have a significant impact on pedagogical theory and the advancement of knowledge.  Thus, the scholarship of teaching and learning has a special and direct tie to our Spiritan mission and the academic enterprise of the university.  

David J. Dausey, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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)

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
727/730 Fisher Hall 
Pittsburgh, PA 15282 


Steven Hansen

Associate Director for Faculty Development