SoTL Faculty Learning Community

College of Health Sciences + Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching


The faculty learning community (FLC) will explore the possibilities and procedures of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), particularly for faculty participants who have been trained in and practice health sciences research methods. Envisioned as a two-part, two-year program, the FLC will meet once a month for 60-90 minutes. The first semester (Fall 2022) will focus on learning about SoTL from both interdisciplinary and health sciences perspectives (e.g., design considerations, methods, examples), after which participants may choose to continue for the remaining three semesters (Spring 2023 – Spring 2024) in designing, implementing, analyzing, and writing up a SoTL project either as individuals or in teams. Guest speakers with experience in SoTL will be brought in to the FLC meetings through the duration of the FLC.

The FLC is a collaboration between the College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). Participants who choose to conduct scholarly projects after the first semester of the FLC will work collaboratively with CELT staff as partners to design, conduct, analyze, and write up scholarly projects. Full-time CHS faculty/staff participants may consider submitting a grant application to the pilot project program offered through the CHS Office of Research and Scholarship to support projects developed through the FLC. 

Faculty in all title series, staff, and doctoral students in CHS are eligible to apply. CHS faculty accepted into the FLC may be eligible to dedicate 3% distribution of effort in professional development for the 2022-2023 DOE period.

Monthly meeting topics may include

  1. Introduction to SoTL
  2. Connecting SoTL projects to challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning
  3. Research design and data collection for SoTL
  4. Qualitative data collection and analysis
  5. Software and other tools for qualitative data analysis
  6. Challenges, limitations, opportunities, and interventions for SoTL work
  7. Topics related to participants’ projects

 If you have any questions about the SoTL FLC, please contact Janine Schmedding-Bartley ( or Leslie Woltenberg (


To apply, please respond to the following application questions and submit a PDF or Word document below:

Application Questions

  1. Brief statement (250 words or less) describing your goals of participating in the SoTL faculty learning community. What do you hope to gain from the experience, and how is it connected with your development as a teacher-scholar?
  2. Brief statement (500 words or less) on your sense of current issues in teaching and learning in your discipline and/or courses that you teach. What challenges, barriers, or opportunities for your teaching and/or your students’ learning do you anticipate you might address through the FLC and SoTL work?
  3. Brief statement (250 words or less) describing any previous experience with the scholarship of teaching and learning. Experience can include but is not limited to reading about scholarly teaching, implementing evidence-based teaching pedagogy, participating in scholarly or evidence-based instructional development programs, and conducting scholarship in teaching and learning.
  4. Please describe your teaching role(s) within the College of Health Sciences. Teaching can include both classroom and clinical teaching, as well as other responsibilities.
  5. Please indicate your availability for monthly meetings during the fall 2022 semester.  We are looking for general availability, so listing times such as M/W/F mornings or T/R/F noon hour, will be very helpful.  
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