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Other SoTL Projects

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Other SoTL Projects

A Day of Celebration - April 14, 2015

The UW-Superior Campus and community will recognize and showcase student, faculty and staff scholarship through three events on the 2nd Floor of the Yellowjacket Student Union, starting at 12:00 noon with refreshments provided by the Center for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

From 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. CETL will showcase Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with posters developed by UW-Superior's 2014-2015 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and participants of CETL's 2014-2015 "Homegrown" SoTL Program.  Participants along with descriptions of their SoTL projects are provided at the above link;  come to the April 14th event to see the poster displays. 

From 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. URSCA will showcase the scholarly and creative work of UW-Superiors undergraduate students.  The showcase will include a poster session, visual arts displays, and performances of music and writing.  A schedule for the afternoon is available at the URSCA website.

From 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., the student recipients of the prestigious Swenson Scholarship will be recognized at the Swenson Scholars Dinner by the Swenson Family Foundation and UW-Superior faculty and staff (by invitation only) through this social event sponsored by the UW-Superior Foundation.


UW System's SoTL Leadership Site, housed at UW-Milwaukee, is the primary SoTL arm of OPID and extends the faculty development work of OPID by designing initiatives to encourage scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning, and by creating inter-campus collaborations for conducting SoTL research. As a result, a core of faculty experts in classroom inquiry practices and principles from across the System now exists. ___________________________________________________________________


CETL SoTL Projects Pilot Program 
Summer 2013 - January 2014 

Dr. Hilary Fezzey (Assistant Professor of British Literature in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) facilitated full-day workshops over the 2013 summer designed to assist six faculty with completion of CETL-sponsored "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Projects."   In addition to her departmental position, Hilary serves as the Campus Faculty Representative to UW System's Office of Professional Instructional Development (OPID).

The summer workshop group first met on June 6th, and again on July 17, 2013, in the CETL Seminar Room - Swenson 2074. Hilary provided them with a list of reading materials prior to each gathering to assist them in preparing for their projects. The first meeting began with an introduction to SoTL and progressed to a discussion of "Decoding the Disciplines and Threshold Concepts" and a discussion on gathering SoTL evidence, or methods for systemic inquiry into student learning. The second meeting involved peer review of projects, poster presentation techniques, Institutional Review Boards, human subjects and ethical research.

Each project was funded by CETL with a $1000 stipend. The initial 75% was processed in early summer 2013, and the final 25% was processed upon completion of the individual projects (December 2013 - January 2014). Hilary Fezzey also received a stipend for coordinating and facilitating this pilot SoTL Project Program.

The Finale of the projects came on January 15, 2014, when Hilary Fezzey and four participants of the program displayed project posters and participated as panelists in a breakout session on Faculty and Staff Enhancement Day. Their individual posters are provided below.

Philosophy for Children developed by Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams, Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Social Inquiry

What Works Best to Motivate Students in an Introductory Economics Course by Dr. Sakib Mahmud, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Management in the Department of Business and Economics

The Inter-subjectivity of Culture by Dr. Ephraim Nikoi, Assistant Professor of Communication and Distance Learning in the Department of Communicating Arts

Evaluating Outcomes of a Professional Development Sequence by Dr. Ralynn C. Schmalzried Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity

Train the Trainers: Embedded Information Literacy in the First Year Writing Curriculum, a collaborative project by Dr. Jamie White-Farnham, Assistant Professor of Writing in the Department of Writing and Library Science, and Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, Assistant Professor of Library Science in the Depart of Writing and Library Science amd Reference and Information Literacy Librarian at the Jim Dan Hill Library at UW-Superior.






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