The Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL at Illinois State University is pleased to announce that Erin Mikulec (Ph.D., Purdue University), Associate Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, is the recipient of the 2018 Dr. John Chizmar & Dr. Anthony Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. Mikulec has been recognized for her excellence in research in the area of teaching and learning as well as her regular and enthusiastic mentorship of her ISU colleagues in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).
At ISU, SoTL is defined as “the systematic study and/or reflection of our ISU students made public.” Throughout her tenure at ISU, Mikulec has used this definition to guide a great deal of her scholarly work. In doing so, she has studied the impact of new and unique clinical experiences on her students’ learning, refining her teaching in response to her findings. As Mikulec’s SoTL work has consistently focused on historically under-studied topics in the field of SoTL (e.g., out-of-class learning, study abroad), her efforts have helped to build an emerging evidence-base for other academics to apply to their own teaching and learning practice or research. Her recent SoTL projects have included:
- Pre-Service Teachers Negotiating Professionalism in Social Media
- Registered Student Organizations: ISU Equestrians
- ISU and Purdue North Central in a Clinical Experience at the Alliance School
- ISU Students at the Alliance School
- Honors Pre-Service Teachers and YouthBuild of McLean County
- Professional Development and Perceived Readiness in Pre-Service Teachers in Finland
- Connecting ISU Students to International Peers
- Study Abroad in Brighton, England
- Out-of-Class Learning
- Study Abroad at ISU: A Campus-Wide Study
Mikulec’s scholarship on teaching and learning has been disseminated across a variety of venues: peer-reviewed journal articles (Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education and Practice), a book chapter, weblogs, and presentations at numerous local, regional, and international venues.
Mikulec’s contributions as a SoTL mentor and advocate at ISU are notable. In 2016, Mikulec served as a SoTL Scholar-Mentor in the Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL. In this capacity, Mikulec served as a co-editor for Gauisus (ISU’s internal SoTL publication), regularly contributed to the SoTL Advocate blog, and assisted in the development of ISU’s first “Go Global with SoTL” mini-grant program. In the last three years, Mikulec has also co-created and co-facilitated a variety of SoTL faculty development workshops and has served as a regular Gauisus reviewer. Recently, she co-developed a project to study the campus-wide impact of study abroad at ISU and will mentor two “new-to-SoTL” faculty colleagues as part of this SoTL grant-funded endeavor.
Mikulec was recognized for her receipt of this award at the 2018 University-Wide Teaching and Learning Symposium hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at ISU last week. She will be formally recognized at the upcoming Founder’s Day convocation ceremony in February, as well.