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For Faculty: Teaching & Learning Commons

Scholarly Societies

ISSOTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)  serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.

NJIT Institute for Teaching Excellence

The Institute for Teaching Excellence (ITE) provides programs that promote best practices in pedagogical and technological methods to the NJIT teaching community in to improve teaching techniques, curriculum, digital technology, assessment and student engagement.

See Workshop schedule and other initiatives.

What is it?

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is an initiative that has seen increased development in institutions of higher education as a way to promote and support faculty scholarship in their own teaching practice.  

The movement was a result of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching report by Ernest Boyer in 1990, Scholarship Reconsidered. Since 1990 many colleges and universities have instituted Centers for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or Centers for Teaching and Learning, or Centers for Teaching Excellence, based on the findings of the report and the various programs implemented by the Foundation.  (SOURCE:  Carla Weiss, Rhode Island College Librarian)

 See Vanderbilt University's Comprehensive Guide to SOTL.  What is it? Why do it?  How to do it.

Other Centers for Teaching and Learning

Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)

CASTL represents a major initiative of The Carnegie Foundation. Launched in 1998, the program built on a conception of teaching as scholarly work proposed in the 1990 report, Scholarship Reconsidered, by former Carnegie Foundation President Ernest Boyer, and on the 1997 follow-up publication, Scholarship Assessed, by Charles Glassick, Mary Taylor Huber, and Gene Maeroff.

The CASTL Program seeks to support the development of a scholarship of teaching and learning that: fosters significant, long-lasting learning for all students; enhances the practice and profession of teaching, and; brings to faculty members' work as teachers the recognition and reward afforded to other forms of scholarly work.

Achieving these goals involves significant shifts in thought and practice. For faculty in most settings, teaching is a private act, limited to the teacher and students; it is rarely evaluated by professional peers. "The result," writes former Carnegie Foundation President Lee S. Shulman, "is that those who engage in innovative acts of teaching rarely build upon the work of others; nor can others build upon theirs." Thus, CASTL seeks to render teaching public, subject to critical evaluation, and usable by others in both the scholarly and the general community.

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