The Georgia Southern University SoTL Award recognizes Georgia Southern faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Each year a competitive selection process determines one awardee.
Benefits and Expectations
- The award is funded with a $2,000 stipend through the Centers for Teaching and Technology (CT2).
- The awardee presents on their SoTL research – either their combined work or a specific project – as a featured speaker at the annual SoTL Commons Conference in Savannah. He or she will receive free registration for this event.
- Additionally, the award winner will develop and present a workshop on implementing insights from their SoTL research to Georgia Southern faculty and graduate student instructors in the following Fall semester; CT2 staff will provide support in developing the workshop.
- The winner of the SoTL Award will be nominated for the USG Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Awards in the following Academic year.
All full-time faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, lecturers, and temporary faculty) who have held a teaching position at Georgia Southern University for a minimum of two years may apply for the award. Previous award recipients are not eligible to apply for four years after receiving the award.
2017 SoTL Award Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Applications open in December and the deadline to submit is in January. The award recipient is announced in early February.
Nomination portfolios for these awards are limited to 12 pages (1” margins, minimum 12-point font). All materials need to be combined into a single PDF file. Each portfolio must include the following information:
- A Table of Contents for the portfolio. NOTE: The TOC does not count toward the maximum of 12 pages.
- Narrative that outlines primary research questions and related goals, theories, and methods of SoTL scholarship activities (3-5 pages)
- Data/evidence of the impact of their teaching techniques/pedagogies on student learning and its potential impact on teaching and learning in the discipline. (3-5 pages)
- Condensed curriculum vitae that highlights relevant SoTL presentations, articles and/or publications. (2-3 pages)
- Optional: Copies of 1-2 representative SoTL articles, chapters, essays, etc. may be included as an appendix that will not be counted as part of the maximum page number.
Applicants must submit their application online. Portfolios that exceed 12 pages or do not meet formatting requirements will not be accepted.
The award committee is composed of faculty members of the SoTL Leadership Team and CTL staff. The committee will consider the complete body of SoTL work produced by the recipient with special emphasis placed on research completed during the past three years and will look for persuasive evidence that nominees have:
- Engaged in an ongoing, systematic examination of issues about student learning and instructional conditions. (Volume of SoTL work)
- Produced high quality scholarly work, which contributes new questions and knowledge about teaching and learning. (Quality and Significance of SoTL work)
- Documented the use of strategies for investigating and evaluating the impact of teaching practice on student learning, anchored in the research literature. (Application to student learning)
- Engaged in scholarship that is public, peer reviewed and critiqued. (Public dissemination)
Once committee members have reviewed all portfolios, one awardee will be determined based on the committee’s feedback.
The director of the Centers for Teaching and Technology (CT2), or a delegated member of the CT2 Center for Teaching and Learning staff, will work with the committee’s chair to facilitate the entire review and selection process.
Last updated: 11/22/2016