SOTL and DBER Learning Community

UITL sponsors a learning community focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Discipline-based Education Research (DBER). The SoTL and DBER Learning Community offers faculty and staff a year-long opportunity to learn about and undertake a project in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and/or Discipline-based Education Research while establishing collegial relationships across disciplines and reinforcing a faculty culture that brings together the scholarship, research, and practice of teaching and learning.

Program Elements

Participants selected for the program are expected to:

  • Identify a project involving SoTL or DBER relevant to instruction in their discipline. For example, the project could aimed at implementing and assessing the effectiveness of an instructional practice, or it could investigate some aspect of student understanding and learning of a topic or skill in your field.
  • Develop and implement a plan for the identified project. This will likely include data collection and analysis (incorporating both direct and indirect methods such as embedded testing, student surveys, pre and post testing, use of rubrics, etc.)
  • Participate in monthly sessions organized by a peer facilitator and the LC, and supported by UITL resources. The program is designed to form community among participants, so participation in the monthly sessions is essential. This includes participation in the Summer 2020.
  • Present on their projects informally within the group as their work progresses and provide feedback on other participants’ projects.
  • Attend at least one OSU conference focused on teaching (Dates and conferences TBA).

Participants may also choose to:

  • Attend regional or national conferences on college teaching.
  • Attend events organized by UITL, ODEE, the Academy of Teaching or others that may include special-topic seminars or forums, workshops, and/or book discussion groups.
  • Prepare a scholarship of teaching project for publication or conference presentation.
  • Share their results with colleagues by presenting or facilitating a session at a UITL-coordinated event to discuss the project or report results of the implementation.


Program Implementation

  • The program will officially begin in January 2020, with a preliminary meeting in December 2019, and end in August 2020. 

  • Each participant will receive $1,000 for professional development, teaching, or research support. Payment will occur at end of LC (August 2020). Participants must significantly participate in LC activities in order to obtain compensation, as defined by the LC, facilitator, in consultation with UITL.
  • Participants will propose a budget to the facilitator. The funds may be used for any expenditure that relates to the project or relevant professional development. Funds for capital purchases is will require special approval.  


Selection Process and Criteria

  • All Ohio State faculty and associated faculty including tenured, tenure-track, clinical, teaching and practice, adjunct and lecturers who are ≥ 75% appointment and regularly teaching at Ohio State main or regional campuses are eligible. Graduate and undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Up to eight participants will be selected from all applicants.

  • Only applicants that have completed the Component 1 (Teaching Practices Inventory survey) and Component 2 (Teaching@Ohio State online course and Reading List Reflection) are eligible to participate in a UITL Learning Community.

  • Applications will be reviewed by a steering committee for UITL. Consideration will be given to the quality of the proposed project, the diversity of this faculty cohort (e.g., discipline, position, campus, gender, and ethnicity), and commitment to being a member of a community. Decisions will be made jointly by the committee and UITL.


SoTL and DBER Learning Community Calendar

  • Nov. 15: Applications due.
  • Nov. 30: FLC members announced
  • Jan. 6: FLC begins.
  • Aug. 15: FLC concludes.