At Illinois State University we define SoTL as the "systematic study/reflection on teaching and learning of our ISU students made public." This definition allows for research on teaching and learning across disciplines and methodologies. The work may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and focus on class, course, program, department, cross-department, and co-curricular levels. All SoTL work must be made public and peer reviewed in some way via presentation, performance, juried show, web site, video, and/or publication.
Applications for seed grant funding for new SoTL scholars (faculty who are planning/conducting their first SoTL project) will be accepted starting in early September, 2018. Grant funds will be awarded (in the form of a stipend) for work toward one of the following:
Up to 15 SoTL Seed Grants in the amount of $250 will be awarded to faculty conducting their first SoTL project. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 15, 2019, with awards granted throughout the 2018-19 academic year until funds are exhausted.
Any tenured and tenure-line faculty, non-tenure line faculty, faculty associates, and AP Staff with teaching or teaching support responsibilities at ISU who are planning or conducting their first-ever SoTL project are eligible to apply.
A brief narrative (500-750 words maximum) is required, including an overview of the research topic(s)/question(s) being studied, a description of WHY the topic(s)/question(s) is of interest to the applicant, and a timeline for the project that details the work to be accomplished with the support of a SoTL Seed Grant.
All applicants will attest to the following as part of the application process:
Contact Jen Friberg, Cross Chair in SoTL @ firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.