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Supporting efforts to make public the reflection and study of teaching and learning at Illinois State University and beyond…


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ISU Fall SoTL Workshops & Funding

STATE_YourLearningA variety of funding and training opportunities exist for ISU faculty and students interested in SoTL this fall! Contact Jen Friberg (jfribe@ilstu.edu) with questions.

 

Workshops:

Intro to SoTL (Mon 9/25/17 from 12:30-3:30pm): Do you have an interest in studying your students’ learning as a way to improve your teaching? The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is a type of scholarship that can help you expand your research to include systematic study of teaching and/or learning. This workshop is designed to introduce attendees to SoTL, describe ways to engage in SoTL inquiry, and examine the benefits of SoTL as part of a productive research agenda. Examples of SoTL work will be provided. Resources to support SoTL work will be reviewed. These workshops have been designed for an audience with little to no prior experience with SoTL.

SoTL Forum: Changes to IRB Processes Coming in 2018 (Weds, 10/25/2017 from 1-2:30pm): The Office of the Cross Chair in SoTL is hosting an open forum for ISU faculty and students interested/engaged in SoTL research to discuss changes to federal policies and internal ISU procedures that will be implemented in January of 2018. John Baur (Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies), Kathy Spence (Director of Research and Ethics Compliance), and Jen Friberg (Cross Chair in SoTL) will facilitate this session and address your SoTL IRB questions.

CSI-SoTL: The Certificate of Specialized Instruction in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CSI-SoTL) was co-developed by the Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and the Graduate School at ISU to provide an opportunity for graduate students to engage in study and reflection of research on teaching and learning to facilitate successful work as students and as future faculty. As many future college/university teachers lack opportunities for purposeful study and reflection on teaching and learning as part of their graduate school experience, this program provides a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in these areas. All participants will attend three seminars on SoTL then work with a mentor to plan a SoTL project.

 Funding:

SoTL Travel Grants: Applications are currently being accepted for the SoTL Travel Grant Program – FY18. The program is designed to encourage public sharing of SoTL work related to the teaching and/or learning of ISU students. The program provides partial funding for travel to present SoTL work. Funds may be used toward conference registration and/or travel costs. This applies to a trip already taken (and not fully reimbursed) or to be taken, to present SoTL work this fiscal year. We expect to award 10-12 grants for FY18. Please note that faculty/staff are eligible for one travel grant (of any kind) per year. Awards of up to $700 will be available to those presenting SoTL research at disciplinary or other teaching/learning conferences. Special awards of up to $1000 will be available to those presenting at the 2017 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) conference. There are 2 cycles for SoTL Travel Grants. Applications for the fall award cycle are currently being accepted and must be submitted by 5pm on October 2, 2017. Applications for the spring award cycle will open October 9, 2017 and must be submitted by 5pm on February 5, 2018.

SoTL Seed Grants for New SoTL Scholars: Applications for seed grant funding to get SoTL projects up and running will be accepted starting in early September, 2017. Grant funds will be awarded (in the form of a stipend) for work toward one of the following: writing an IRB or literature review for a SoTL project, gathering/collecting/analyzing data for a SoTL project, or applying SoTL to solve a teaching/learning issue in your classroom. Up to 10 SoTL Seed Grants in the amount of $250 will be awarded to faculty conducting their first SoTL project. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from September 1, 2017 through May 15, 2018, with awards granted throughout the 2017-18 academic year until funds are exhausted.

 

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New Funding Opportunities for ISU SoTLists!

The Office of the Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University is accepting applications for two grant programs: FY18 University Research Grants and FY17 Summer Mini Grants. Information related to each of these funding programs can be accessed via the Cross Chair website. An overview is provided for each program below. Contact Jennifer Friberg (jfribe@ilstu.edu) with questions.

FY18 University Research Grants:

The Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning requests proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning URG Grant Program. The program provides scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) small grants to study the developmental and learning outcomes of ISU students. For 2017-2018, funded projects can focus on the systematic study/reflection of any teaching-learning issue(s) explicitly related ISU students.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Funds may be used for any appropriate budget category (e.g., printing, commodities, contractual, travel, student help, and salary in FY18). While 4-5 grants are expected to be awarded, all awards are subject to the availability of funds allocated for FY18. Proposals should be submitted by 5/22/17.

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FY 17 Summer Mini Grants:

The Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning requests proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning URG Grant Program. The program provides scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) small grants to study the developmental and learning outcomes of ISU students. This funding program will award six mini-grants of $600 each to ISU faculty via a competitive application process. These funds will be awarded as a June 2017 stipend for work on a new or ongoing SoTL project at any stage of completion (e.g., writing an IRB, analyzing data, writing up findings). Proposals should be submitted by April 24, 2017.

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SoTL Funding Opportunities for Illinois State Faculty & Staff

ISU Faculty and staff members should be on the lookout for information (in campus mail, on isuteach, on www.sotl.ilstu.edu, from you Chair/Director…) on several types of support/development for your scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research and funding opportunities related to your SoTL work over the next several weeks. Only ISU faculty and staff will be eligible for these funding opportunities. Questions can be emailed to sotl@ilstu.edu. These opportunities will include the following:

A Variety of SoTL Support/Development Opportunities

This spring, we plan to offer a workshop on SoTL and IRB and another on Applying SoTL Results. We will also likely have a SoTL Reading Group. We are happy to read and provide feedback on drafts of your SoTL products. We welcome submissions to our SoTL at ISU newsletter, guest submissions to this blog, and submissions to our 3rd issue of Gauisus next fall (http://gauisus.weebly.com/). We are considering a summer institute on designing a SoTL project. We hope to have additional travel funds next fiscal year. Information related to these opportunities will be shared over the next several weeks.

The Walk the Talk Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Contest for the best example of application of SoTL knowledge beyond the individual classroom

The Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will be seeking applicants for the 2015 Walk the Talk contest. This contest is intended to recognize the best team or academic unit who applied own or others’ SoTL research beyond the individual classroom to solve a problem, achieve a goal, or exploit an opportunity resulting in improved teaching or enhanced student learning. The winning team or unit will receive $2,000 in operating funds. Applications will be due mid-March 2015.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Scholar-Mentors: Call for Applications for FY16

For the 2015-2016 academic year support for the SoTL on our campus will come from a part-time, Interim Cross Chair in SoTL and up to two Illinois State University SoTL Scholar-Mentors per semester. As a SoTL Scholar-Mentor, you will have reassigned time to the Office of the Cross Chair in SoTL to work on a SoTL project of your own and, primarily, to engage in tasks that support the SoTL work of colleagues at ISU and beyond. All tenured or tenure-track Illinois State University faculty members with experience in SoTL are eligible. Successful applicants will be granted reassignment of one course for fall 2015 and/or spring 2016 semesters. Home departments/schools will receive a 25 percent buyout of faculty salary per semester for any faculty member serving as a SoTL Scholar-Mentor. SoTL Scholar-Mentors will receive the course reassignment and $3,000 in operating funds. Applications will be due late March 2015.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Small Grant Program 2015-2016

The Cross Endowed Chair in tSoTL requests proposals for the SoTL Small Grant Program. The program provides SoTL small grants to study the developmental and learning outcomes of ISU students. At ISU, through our work with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Campus Program, we define SoTL as the “systematic study/reflection on teaching and learning [of our ISU students] made public.” This definition allows for research in any discipline and the use of various methodologies. The work may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and focus on class, course, program, department, cross-department, and co-curricular levels. For 2015-2016, projects must focus on a teaching-learning issue(s) explicitly related to one or more of the goals in the University’s strategic plan, Educating Illinois. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. We expect to award 4-5 grants. Proposals will be due mid-May 2015.

The Dr. John Chizmar & Dr. Anthony Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award Call for Applications- 2015-2016

This University-wide award is designed to recognize and encourage high quality and quantity of SoTL work at ISU and in the discipline beyond campus that contributes to the SoTL field, the SoTL body of knowledge, improved teaching, and enhanced student learning. All faculty members and academic staff at ISU are eligible. The recipient is recognized at Founders’ Day, receives $3,000 in funds, and is asked to give a talk about his/her SoTL work. Portfolios will be due September 30, 2015.