President's Teaching & Learning Collaborative
CU’s Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Program
Call for 2013-14 Research Proposals
The President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC) is publishing a call for proposed projects that will deepen student learning in higher education. Faculty from all colleges, schools, disciplines, and professional programs are eligible to apply.(1)
This Call includes participation for a maximum of two years: Faculty Researchers currently in the Collaborative may request an extension to be a member of the cohort for a second and final year (no additional funding for second year). Please submit written requests to extend your time in the collaborative to Mary Ann Shea at MaryAnn.Shea@colorado.edu.
What is the President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative?
The PTLC is a comprehensive, collaborative program that offers access to supportive expert educational research programs, financial support from the Office of the President, the campus Provosts, and a structured plan for completion of a classroom research project. The Collaborative is committed to establishing the University of Colorado as a leader in research and scholarship on teaching and learning. The Collaborative will focus on projects emphasizing student learning and assessing course learning.
The goals of the collaborative include: fostering inquiry and leadership for the improvement of student learning, developing and synthesizing knowledge about learning and teaching through publication in peer-refereed journals in two years’ time, and promoting institutional change in support of the scholarship of teaching and learning. To read more about the PTLC visit: http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/ptlc/
The Collaborative wishes to consider proposals from two Faculty Researchers representing two different disciplines. Because interdisciplinary research has strong advantages for learners as well as for innovative pedagogies, we invite them. If accepted, one budget or $1550 will be allowed and it is the case that the two Faculty Researchers will teach together in each class as opposed to teaching alone.
Who is eligible to apply?
All faculty members and teaching professors on any campus of the University of Colorado are encouraged to apply. We seek faculty with a record of innovation in teaching and/or assessment of learning as well as those just beginning to examine their teaching and their students’ learning. Experience in educational research is not a requirement. The aim of the program is to broaden participation of faculty in effective inquiry in learning and teaching. Familiarity with the literature on learning and teaching in one's discipline is an ongoing necessity, and the goal of the program is that PTLC participants publish their research.
You must be a faculty member who is currently engaged in teaching. We do not accept proposals to evaluate programs.
What are the benefits and expected commitments?
- Funding from the Office of the President. Faculty researchers will receive funding from the Office of the President and campus Provosts totaling $1,550 for their research that may include a student research assistant and presenting one’s research.
- Meeting with Coach every semester. Each Faculty Researchers accepted into the Collaborative must meet at least once a semester with her/his Coach to define, clarify, or revise their research project. The Coach is someone with experience in researching teaching and learning. This person has submitted proposals to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) previously and so also has experience with that process. Thus, the Faculty Researcher and Coach will meet one-on-one at least once each semester to advance the researcher’s project.
- Meeting with campus-specific group every month. Faculty Researchers will meet monthly for progress reporting as a cohort group. Attendance at these monthly meetings is mandatory for membership in the Collaborative. Some of these meetings will include instruction in different facets of education research. Attendance by your Coach is encouraged but not mandatory. Your Campus Faculty Coordinator will contact you regarding these schedules.
- Meeting with entire Collaborative twice a year. The celebration of teaching and learning meeting to launch the cohort will take place on Monday, September 16, 2013, from 12:00 to 2:00. The meeting to culminate the Faculty Researchers’ efforts for the school year will take place on May 19, 2014, from 10:00 to 12:00. These two mandatory meetings will be held at the Anschutz Medical Campus of UC Denver.
- Approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB process should be completed prior to your attendance at the launch meeting on September 16, 2013. This review may take up to six weeks depending on the proposed project. Your PTLC Coach, Campus Faculty Coordinators, and the director (Mary Ann Shea) should be consulted to assist in this process. You may not begin collecting data for your research project prior to gaining IRB approval. For information about the IRB process on your campus see http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/ptlc/IRBcampuswebsites.html
- Submission of a peer reviewed research article. The goal of the Collaborative is to have submitted a research article to a peer-reviewed journal no later than the PTLC entire-cohort meeting on May 19, 2014. If you have not submitted an article by that date, you may apply by written request to extend your time in the Collaborative by one year.
- Maximum of two years in the Collaborative. Participation as a Faculty Researcher may include two years’ time at the most. You are expected to participate for one year (Sept 16, 2013 through May 19, 2014); however, you may extend your time as a Faculty Researcher by one year if you have not yet completed your work by submitting a research article to a peer-reviewed journal though there is no additional funding for the second year. You must formally apply for an extension with Mary Ann Shea at MaryAnn.Shea@colorado.edu no later than August 15, 2014.
- Local presentation of PTLC research. During your year(s) of membership as a faculty researcher, the PTLC requires each participant to formally present their work on their respective campuses. Presentation includes departmental meetings and campus colloquia, among other venues. This spreads awareness of both your scholarship and of the PTLC.
- Future participation as a Coach. Because the growth of the PTLC depends on investigators’ willingness to Coach future PTLC investigators following their term in the program, each researcher is expected to participate as a Coach in the following year.
How do I apply?
All application materials must be submitted electronically in attached Word documents only to Suzanne.Eyerman@Colorado.EDU between December 4, 2012, and May 22, 2013.
Please send the following all in a single Word document:
1. Cover sheet with the following information:
b. Job Title and/or Academic Rank
d. College or School
e. Department or program
f. Discipline and/or professional field
g. Campus address
h. City, state, ZIP code
i. Phone number
j. Email address
k. Title of your proposed project
2. Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (no more than one page)
3. Letter of proposal (no more than four pages double-spaced and paginated, with your name in the header of each page) answering these questions:
a. What is the central question, issue, or problem you plan to explore in your proposed work?
b. Why is your central question, issue, or problem important to you and to others who might benefit from or build on your findings?
c. How do you plan to conduct your investigation? What sources of evidence do you plan to examine? What methods might you employ to gather and make sense of this evidence? What literature have you reviewed on your topic?
d. How might you make your work available to others in ways that facilitate scholarly critique and review, and that contribute to thought and practice beyond the local? (Keep in mind that coaching will be available to invite you to develop these aspects of your proposal, so you need not feel you must present a finished project design at this time.)
e. Include a literature review of the theory and effective teaching practice of the subject of your inquiry in order to locate your research in the literature preceding it. (The website http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/ptlc/libraryresources.html offers expert advice on how to conduct a relevant literature review.)
f. What is your record of innovation in teaching and/or the assessment of learning?
g. Are you able to attend the required meetings as specified in the sections titled, “What are the Benefits?” and “What commitments are expected of participants?”
h. As part of your acceptance we ask that you make contact now with a faculty peer who agrees to serve in the collaborative as your Coach. Please provide the name and email address for your Coach. The description here provides information as to how a Coach faculty member will best serve you in both your education research and your content subject. A Coach is a faculty member who has experience with research and is one who will collaborate with you in your research on teaching and learning in your discipline. The Coach will attend the meetings on the Anschutz Medical and the monthly campus-specific meetings, if possible. The Coach must meet one-on-one with you at least once per semester. We ask that you schedule the meetings with your Coach. In addition, your Coach is required to participate in a Coaches’ Video Conference Meeting with Mary Ann Shea on June 27, 2013 from 9:15 to 11:00. You are responsible for ensuring that your Coach has read this entire Call for Proposals document prior to agreeing to serve in this role.
j. If you are selected, we ask you to agree to serve as a Coach in PTLC in a future year.
4. A letter of nomination from your department chair or unit head
a. Chair’s contact information
i. Current academic rank
ii. Mailing address
b. Please indicate ways in which the candidate’s PTLC participation might benefit the department, including opportunities to share research results with peers and students.
What kind of research does PTLC support?
The PTLC seeks to promote the practice of inquiry in teaching and of measuring student learning. PTLC faculty researchers work on projects that aim primarily at assessing student learning. Through their research on teaching and learning, we hope to improve the student experience at the university. This occurs through changes PTLC faculty researchers make in their own teaching after conducting their research. In addition, other faculty beyond PTLC participants may work to enhance their classrooms as a result of the dissemination of PTLC research. In particular, the Collaborative assists University faculty in developing scholarly projects on teaching and learning intended for publication. This program is modeled on the Carnegie Foundation’s national work on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Central to the PTLC is creating and disseminating scholarly work in teaching and learning to contribute to scholarship and practice in and across fields. To this end, each scholar designs and undertakes an investigation aimed at deepening her or his understanding of, and practice related to an important issue in innovative learning. Several features for projects should be kept in mind:
• Proposed work should center on definitions, experiences, problems, and values related to effective teaching and learning as well as investigations of one’s own students and classroom practices.
• The focus of this work should be teaching and learning for understanding, exploring primarily the character and depth of student learning that results (or does not) from particular teacher practices.
• We look for attention to enduring, widely recognized issues and questions that have broad relevance or implications for student learning. Scholarship that advances understanding of such questions is more likely to find audiences. We also are interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to the personal and social development of students.
• Of further interest is work explicitly linked to established lines of research. Like other forms of scholarship, the scholarship of teaching and learning builds on work done by others. All proposals should review research related to the specific problem to be investigated.
PTLC Campus Faculty Coordinators
Professor Alison Hicks
Professor Diane Martichuski
Professor Elaine Cheesman
Professor Dave Anderson
Director, Faculty Resource Center
UCD – Downtown campus
Professor Donna Sobel
Acting Director of the Center for Faculty Development
UCD – AMC
Professor Kari Franson
School of Pharmacy