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Hildebrandt Named 2018-19 Chizmar-Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award Recipient

The Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL at Illinois State University is pleased to announce that Susan Hildebrandt (Ph.D., University of Iowa), Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, is the recipient of the 2018-19 Dr. John Chizmar & Dr. Anthony Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. Hildebrandt has been recognized for her excellence in research in the area of teaching and learning as well as her regular and enthusiastic support of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

Dr. Susan Hildebrandt,
Professor of Applied Linguistics/Spanish and Coordinator of Teacher Education for the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University

At ISU, SoTL is defined as “the systematic study and/or reflection of our ISU students made public.” Throughout her academic career, Hildebrandt has used this definition to guide a great deal of her scholarly work. In doing so, she has developed a three distinctive lines of research: teaching languages to students with disabilities, use of service learning as a pedagogy, and pre-teacher knowledge and skill assessment at its intersection with educational policy. Hildebrandt’s scholarship on teaching and learning has been disseminated across a variety of venues: authored and edited books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, blogs, and numerous local, regional, and international presentations. Hildebrandt has regularly received internal and external grant funding for her SoTL work. Hildebrandt states that the scholarship of teaching and learning has “informed her teaching while pushing [her] to find and develop a scholarly voice within national conversations on teacher assessments and world language teacher education programs.” Hildebrandt’s recent SoTL projects have included:

  • Hildebrandt, S. A., & Hlas, A. C. (2018). Pedagogical content knowledge and language awareness as evidenced in the World Language edTPA. In P. B. Swanson & S. A. Hildebrandt (Eds.), Researching edTPA promises and problems: Perspectives from English as an additional language, English language arts, and world language teacher education (pp. 143-161). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Hlas, A. C., Conroy, K., & Hildebrandt, S. A. (2017). Student teachers and CALL: Personal and pedagogical uses and beliefs. CALICO Journal, 34, 336-354.
  • Swanson, P., & Hildebrandt, S. A. (2017). Communicative learning outcomes and world language edTPA: Characteristics of high-scoring portfolios. Hispania, 100, 331-347.
  • Hildebrandt, S. A., & Swanson, P. (2016). Understanding the world language edTPA: Research-based policy and practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Hildebrandt, S. A., & Swanson, P. B. (2014). World language teacher candidate performance on edTPA: An exploratory study. Foreign Language Annals, 47, 576-591.
  • Scott, S. S., Hildebrandt, S. A., & Edwards, W. A. (2013). Second language learning as perceived by students with disabilities. In C. Sanz & B. Lado (Eds.), Individual differences, L2 development & language program administrators: From theory to application (pp. 171-191). Boston, MA: Heinle.

Hildebrandt’s body of scholarship on teaching and learning has been disseminated across a variety of venues: peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, weblogs, and presentations at numerous local, regional, and international venues.

Hildebrandt has advanced SoTL at ISU by serving as a member of the SoTL Resource Group, a reviewer for and contributor to Gauisus, and a grant reviewer for the Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL. Additionally, she served as a mentor to a graduate student in the Certificate of Specialized Instruction in SoTL program.

Hildebrandt will be recognized for her receipt of this award at the 2019 University-Wide Teaching and Learning Symposium hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at ISU later this week. She will be formally recognized with a plaque and honorarium at the upcoming Founder’s Day convocation ceremony in February, as well.

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Mikulec Recognized as 2017-18 Chizmar-Ostrosky SoTL Award Winner

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).

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Jan Murphy (Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost), Erin Mikulec (Chizmar-Ostrosky Awardee), and Jennifer Friberg (Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL) at the 2018 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium in Normal, Illinois

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.