President's Teaching Scholars Program


President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC):

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning


About the Program

The President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (PTLC) was established in 2006. It offers faculty from all campuses an opportunity for professional development and the experience and intellectual practice of work in two scholarly endeavors: teaching and research. The PTLC seeks to promote the practice of inquiry in teaching and measuring student learning. The Collaborative assists University faculty in developing scholarly research projects on teaching and learning intended for refereed publication.

This program is modeled on and sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and is now in the eighth year of its participation. The goals of the collaborative are to: include fostering inquiry and leadership for the improvement of student learning, develop and synthesize knowledge about learning and teaching, and promote institutional change in support of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative is an extension of work begun as an institutional participant in the Campus Program of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), 2006-2013.

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.

Scholarship of teaching and learning is often described this way:

  • problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning
  • study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies
  • applications of results to practice
  • communications of results, self-reflection, and peer review (Cambridge, 2001).

    Cambridge, B. (2001). Fostering the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Communities of

    Practice. Pps. 3-16 in To Improve the Academy. D. Lieberman and C. Wehlburg, Eds. Bolton,

    MA: Anker.

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 on going necessity, and the goal of the program is that PTLC participants publish their research. Creating and disseminating scholarly work in teaching and learning to contribute to scholarship and practice in and across fields is central to the PTLC. 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.


For more information, read the PTLC Extension Report (pdf) or explore the tabs on the left-hand side.


Call for Proposals

2016/17 PTLC Call for Proposals

IRB Campus Websites(pdf)

Researcher Responsibilities

Testimonials from Past Participants (pdf)