Written by Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University
Last Thursday, April 13, 2017, eleven ISU students were recognized at a reception for completing the Certificate of Specialized Instruction in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CSI-SoTL). Representing ten disciplines and four colleges, these students earned this certificate by completing three program phases:
- In Phase 1, students attended a series of three workshops in the fall of 2016 to learn about SoTL and scholarly teaching (SoTL and My Teaching and Learning, Planning a SoTL Project A, and Planning a SoTL Project B).
- Phase 2 engaged students in a 1:1 mentoring experience with a disciplinary faculty mentor who had experience in SoTL. Students and their mentors designed a SoTL research project focused on a teaching/learning question identified by the student, problem-solving methodological issues, human subjects research considerations, and possible audiences for their SoTL work. While students were not required to conduct the SoTL project they planned, each student left Phase 2 with a blueprint to complete this project in the future.
- Phase 3 consisted of individual, written reflection on SoTL, scholarly teaching and learning, the CSI-SoTL program, and the mentor/mentorship process.
The CSI-SoTL program was co-developed and co-sponsored by the Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and the Graduate School at ISU. Both units would like to acknowledge both the students who earned their CSI-SoTL certificates as well as their faculty mentors, who volunteered their time and expertise to support their mentees this semester:
Taylor Bauer, COM (Mentor: Dr. Maria Moore, COM)
Olga Cochran, ENG (Mentor: Dr. Susan Burt, ENG)
Patricia Huete, SOC (Mentor: Dr. Frank Beck, SOC)
Matt Johnson, CHE (Mentor: Dr. Jean Sawyer, CSD)
Elizabeth Jones, ENG (Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Friberg, Cross Chair)
Jillian Joyce, COM (Mentor: Dr. Cheri Simonds, COM)
Theo Nzaranyimana, AGR (Mentor: Dr. Rob Rhykerd, AGR)
Mijan Rahman, ENG (Mentor: Dr. Susan Hildebrandt, LLC)
Lauralyn Randles, SED (Mentor: Dr. Olaya Landa-Vialard, SED)
Joe Rice, POL (Mentor: Dr. Michaelene Cox, POL)
Raj Sankaranarayanan, TEC (Mentor: Dr. Anu Gohkale, TEC)
Congratulations to all CSI-SoTL participants!
For additional information regarding the CSI-SoTL program, email Jen Friberg (Cross Chair in SoTL, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amy Hurd (Director of Graduate Studies, email@example.com).