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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, MA, MSLS

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

Last Updated: 9/9/2015

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

SOTL through the Lens of IRB

Presenter: Linda Goodfellow (Nursing & Institutional Review Board)
September 2015 

This workshop will address IRB issues specific to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). Frequently asked questions will be answered including but not limited to: Do SOTL projects need IRB approval? How do I protect anonymity and confidentiality of students' responses? How do I prevent potential coercion? In addition, the Mentor IRB application process will be addressed.

Co-sponsored by 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