Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SOLT) - $1000 Funding Available For Graduate Students

October 18, 2013

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The Graduate Teacher Program is soliciting Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SOTL) project proposals from graduate students interested in doing Human Subjects Research on Student Learning for the Academic Year 2013-14 and Summer Session 2014.

SOTL projects are small research projects carried out by Arts & Humanities graduate students to study aspects of teaching and learning within their discipline. Potential research projects might involve studying the efficacy of new approaches to student learning in specific Arts & Humanities courses being taught currently in our in Continuing Education courses. SOTL Fellows will benefit from the experience in the following ways:

  • Five Individual $1000 Grants: Each SOTL Fellow will receive a grant of $1000 for time spent interacting with the SOTL Team (Dr. Laura Border and Dr. Susanne Stadlbauer) and conducting research. Projects may be completed by May 2014 and must be completed by December 2014.
  • Interaction with the SOTL Team: SOTL Fellows must have a faculty mentor in charge of the class being studied. The SOTL Team and the faculty mentor must approve IRB submissions. The IRB at CU Human Research Committee must approve the proposal before research activities begin. Throughout the project SOTL Fellows attend GTP Workshops, take part in the SOTL Team learning community, and are guided by their faculty mentor and the SOTL Team.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subjects Training: SOTL Fellows will become certified to do human subjects research through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI – good for 3 years) prior to learning to write an IRB proposal to apply for permission to conduct human subjects research.
  • Prospective Academic Publications/Presentations: The Graduate Teacher Program supports the efforts of SOTL Fellows to publish scholarly articles on their TAR research and present results in appropriate venues. Successful researchers may want to present their work at a local or national conference in their discipline. Be sure to ask about publishing opportunities to strengthen your CV.

Graduate students interested in doing a SOTL projects should contact Dr. Susanne Stadlbauer at Please place the phrase, “SOTL projects potential participant” in the subject line of your email. You can also talk with Dr. Border or Dr. Stadlbauer in the GTP office, 201 ATLAS.

Contact the Graduate Teacher Program and apply today!

Applications are open until filled.

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