Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Teaching as Research

From our experiences as graduate students and faculty members, we often become well-versed in the research process within our disciplines. However, there are opportunities to conduct and share research on the teaching and learning that occurs in our classrooms. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers workshops, consulting, grants, and an annual writing retreat to support Virginia Tech faculty and instructors with their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

SoTL Workshop Series

The primary purpose of this workshop series is to introduce participants to SoTL and to highlight the relevance of SoTL to their research agendas.

Teaching as Research: Building your scholarship of teaching and learning agenda—Part I

During the workshop participants will (1) review the basics and process of SoTL, (2) look at various examples and methods of SoTL work, and (3) allow participants to start developing SoTL research questions.

Teaching as Research: Building your scholarship of teaching and learning agenda—Part II*

During the workshop participants will (1) refine teaching and learning research questions, (2) establish the data structures needed to answer the questions, (3) identify appropriate statistical tests to answer the research questions with the teaching and learning data available.

*This workshop will be most useful for graduate students and faculty members with teaching and learning research questions in mind.

SoTL Consultations

If you are thinking about beginning a SoTL project or have some questions about an existing project, you can make an appointment for a SoTL consultation with a staff member in our center. Request a consultation and a staff member will contact you to arrange a meeting.

SoTL Writer’s Retreat

Virginia Tech has faculty engaged in excellent teaching, but often the day-to-day workload as well as the demands of disciplinary research create barriers to SoTL publication. To support faculty engaged with scholarship of teaching and learning to publish in peer-reviewed journals, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a 3-day, off-site writing retreat in June. 

A small group of participants are selected to engage in focused data analysis and writing at an off-campus location. Participants set aside these days to focus on publication with the intent of completing a draft of an article by the end of the 3rd day. In addition to writing and data analysis support, faculty participating in the writing retreat will receive a $500 stipend.

If you are interested in publishing your Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, we invite you to apply to participate in the Writing Retreat.