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Other SoTL Projects

Call for Proposals for 2015 CETL SoTL Projects Program

Proposals are due to cetl@uwsuper.edu on April 30, 2015.

CETL is pleased to offer instructors another opportunity to engage in our “homegrown” Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Program for 2015.  We invite you to submit your proposal to be accepted for this program. (Initially posted April 7, 2015)


WHAT: Proposals from 6 to 8 faculty or academic instructional staff to design and then implement a SoTL project between Summer 2015 and December 2015;each project receives a $1000 stipend payable 75% in May-June 2015 with the final 25% payable upon completion of project. Preference will be given to those who have not yet participated in the SoTL Program.

WHO: Faculty and academic instructional staff

WHEN: Proposals due on April 30, 2015 via email to cetl@uwsuper.edu 

WHY: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a growing international phenomenon in higher education linked to quality teaching and learning as well as assessment of student learning. UW-Superior has always supported SoTL projects, but this is our opportunity to increase the number of faculty scholars who understand and can use SoTL in their work.


  • Name, title, background with SoTL in the past (no previous experience is required to qualify for this project), and experience with backward design and student-centered learning (to help coordinator gauge understanding and design workshops)
  • Proposed project abstract: no more than 750 words describing your project, the course you expect to use to test the project, and an outline of your project design (project specifics may change during Summer 2015 design phase)
  • Specifically link your project to a particular course that you will be teaching in Fall 2015 in order to run the project/ obtain data


  • Preference given to tenure track faculty or senior faculty with post-tenure review due within a year
  • Multi-member review team will examine:
  • Significance of project to SoTL field
  • Organization and coherence
  • Quality of writing and detail of proposal
  • Feasibility of completing project on time


  • Attend all cohort meetings in Summer 2015 (June 12, August 5 from 9:00-4:00) and in Fall 2015 (October 21, November 11 from 12:00-12:50)
  •  Complete project outline and IRB proposal by end of August 2015
  •  Run project in your Fall 2015 class and collect/analyze data
  • Prepare a public poster session for date to be designated in Spring 2016 for campus/public dissemination; consider submitting for OPID Spring Conference 2016 as well
  •  Grant permission to summarize your project in CETL Newsletters as requested



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. ___________________________________________________________________


A Day of Celebration - April 14, 2015

The UW-Superior campus and community recognized and showcased 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 showcased 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.  

From 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. URSCA will showcased the scholarly and creative work of UW-Superiors undergraduate students.  The showcase included a poster session, visual arts displays, and performances of music and writing. 

From 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., the student recipients of the prestigious Swenson Scholarship were 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.

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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