The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning



The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) invites scholars across academic disciplines to bring their scholarly habits of mind and research expertise to the investigation of problems and questions that affect teaching and learning in higher education. SoTL has two equally important goals: the generation of new knowledge that informs a wider field and the application of results to one’s own classroom teaching practice.

SoTL provides multiple entry points for scholars with different levels of experience with research on teaching and learning. It often grows out of a cycle familiar to reflective instructors: reflection and question posing about teaching and learning, gathering additional information or modifying pedagogy, and assessing student learning. SoTL projects move beyond this reflective instructor cycle by engaging meaningfully with existing knowledge about teaching and learning. Meaningful engagement includes both drawing on relevant theoretical and empirical literature to design SoTL projects and making findings public and open to critical review so that they contribute new knowledge to this literature. 



Our Model

CET&L is committed to establishing UC as a leading force in producing high quality SoTL. We do this by:

  • Building and sustaining a cross-disciplinary network of faculty engaged in SoTL through our SoTL Faculty Learning Community, SoTL Writing Group, SoTL Journal Club, and Workshops;
  • Serving as a central hub for resources to help members of UC's teaching community to develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to produce high-quality SoTL;
  • Providing tailored consultations for individuals and groups engaged in research on teaching and learning at UC; and
  • Highlighting examples of excellence in SoTL research at UC.


Teaching and Learning Conferences

CET&L maintains this list of links to upcoming Teaching and Learning Conferences, which includes proposal deadlines. This is a good place to start if you are looking for a place to share your work or want to network with others who are interested in teaching and learning in higher education.

UC’s Institutional Review Board

UC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and oversees research, including SoTL, that involves human participants. The IRB website contains information on the IRB, the protocol process, HIPAA waivers, forms, procedures, regulations, and FAQs.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Resources Library Guide

CET&L, Langsam Library and Blue Ash College Library created a SoTL Resources Library Guide, which includes resources to assist you in conducting a SoTL literature review, finding assessments of student learning, and locating journals, conferences or professional organization. This Library Guide is a good place to start if you are conducting a literature review or looking for an outlet to publish or present your work.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Process Library Guide

UC Libraries and CET&L created a SoTL Research Process Library guide, which provides an overview of the research process. This Library Guide is a good place to start is you are new to SoTL or looking for resources to help you move your SoTL project forward.

Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching

The Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching focuses on promoting effective practices in teaching and learning. It is published by the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning (AFTL), a UC organization that promotes scholarly teaching and SoTL. AFTL is affiliated with the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, the UC Blue Ash College Learning and Teaching Center, and the Provost’s Office.

CET&L Contact

If you would like to discuss SoTL or Education Research strategies, please contact Beth Faller.

Beth Faller