An important way the Center for the Advancement of Teaching advances reflective and evidence-informed teaching is by supporting and participating in scholarship on student learning, the effectiveness of teaching techniques, and the adoption of those teaching techniques. Toward that end, we provide opportunities for faculty to learn about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Discipline-Based Educational Research (DBER). Our Teaching Scholarship Working Group is a great way to learn more about this research avenue and to participate in a community thinking deeply about how to improve their teaching through scholarly inquiry.
The CAT supports teacher-scholars in the development, implementing, and dissemination of research on their teaching. We provide one-on-one consultations where we can discuss a range of subjects including research design, IRB and gaining consent, gathering and analyzing evidence, identifying collaborators, and finding publication venues. We also support this work financially through our SoTL Seed Grants.