Studio for Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SOTL) Awards

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) awards are presented to full and part-time faculty and librarians. These awards are designed to encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The SoTL awards provide funding to support projects at Saint Mary's University, dissemination of the results from these projects, and the presentation of the results of scholarly research focused on innovative pedagogical techniques at conferences.

Guidelines for Applicants

Eligibility:

All full and part-time faculty and professional librarians are eligible to apply.

Award Amounts:

Awards are for a maximum of $1500 in any fiscal year. The availability of awards and the amounts awarded are subject to available funding.

Application Deadlines:

Applications may be submitted and approved during the calendar year from April 1 to December 31. Funds must be used within the budget year in which they were awarded – by March 15, prior to the end of the fiscal year.

Application Procedures:

 

Potential applicants are encouraged to consult with a member of the Senate Committee on Learning & Teaching's SoTL Awards sub-committee before submitting their application.

Applicants must complete the relevant form provided on this website. There are two forms for this purpose: one for SoTL research projects, and one for conference travel. All of the information requested on the forms must be provided. From time to time, the awards sub-committee may request further explanation or clarification. Applicants are reminded that proposals must demonstrate knowledge of and connection to the relevant research literature.

Please submit your application to the Studio for Teaching and Learning by emailing: studio@smu.ca

Dissemination:

Successful applicants are required to report on and share their research with the Saint Mary's community through a Studio workshop and/ or by writing an article for Teaching and Learning at Saint Mary's.

Successful applicants are requested to acknowledge the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching and the Studio for Teaching and Learning in presentations and reports related to their award.

Other:

The Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching reserves the right to make amendments to the award guidelines and criteria.

 

SoTL Project Awards
These awards recognize projects that demonstrate scholarly research. Some recent examples:

  • Assessing the impact of a new approach to teaching on student learning
  • Investigating technology mediated group work
  • The value of student-faculty interaction for student academic success
  • The award cannot normally be used for the purchase of equipment, teaching release time, basic curriculum development activities, or activities that should be part of a department's or faculty's normal funding responsibilities.

SOTL Award project form  Email the completed form to  studio@smu.ca

Application for Travel Awards

Faculty can apply for an award for travel to conferences to present their research, and those focused on teaching and learning with broad relevance to teaching theory and practice.

SOTL Award travel form.   Email the completed form to studio@smu.ca

For more information, email studio@smu.ca