What is The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)?

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can be defined as systematic and methodologically rigorous research of teaching and learning effectiveness. Faculty, and educators who conduct SoTL research bring their knowledge of the scientific method to the classroom with the aim to investigate their teaching practices and to explore how these practices impact student learning. Additionally, a crucial component of SoTL is the dissemination of knowledge gained in order to bridge gaps and further the extent literature.

When we talk about SoTL, the concept of scholarly teaching is almost always part of the conversation. So, what is scholarly teaching?

Scholarly Teaching can be defined as the process of grounding teaching practice in evidence and relevant literature. When faculty and educators engage in a reflective process based on evidence from the literature to inform their teaching practice, they are engaging in scholarly teaching.

There have been multiple models that conceptualized the relationship between scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning since Boyer coined the term in his seminal work Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. The relationship can be described as ranging from two coexisting parallel concepts, to scholarly teaching as being a first step and SoTL as being a higher developmental stage, to the idea that scholarly teaching and SoTL provide organic, reciprocal support in the course of developing a more accurate understanding of teaching and learning



Boyer, E. L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 

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SoTL Conferences

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

"The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching."


POD Network Conference

"Each year the POD Network sponsors an annual conference that attracts both experienced and novice practitioners in the fields of faculty, instructional, and organizational development. The conference also appeals to administrators, faculty, teaching assistant developers, graduate students, publishers for the above audiences, and members of many higher education organizations."

Lilly International Conference

"The International Lilly Conference on College Teaching is one of the nation's most renowned conferences presenting the scholarship of teaching and learning. For over thirty-five years, teacher-scholars from across the U.S. and internationally have gathered annually the weekend before Thanksgiving to share innovative pedagogies and discuss questions, challenges, and insights about teaching and learning." 

Team Based Learning Conference

"The Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) is a group of educators dedicated to supporting faculty from a variety of disciplines who wish to implement team-based learning."


Annual Conference for Undergraduate Educators

"Now in its nineteenth year, ASMCUE gathers approximately 300 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Educators come from colleges, universities and international institutions to learn and share the latest information in the biological sciences and education research. The Conference program includes plenary, concurrent, poster, and exhibit sessions. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions between colleagues all focused on the same goal: to improve teaching and learning in the biological sciences."


The Teaching Professor Conference

The Teaching Professor Conference is an exploration of the art and science of good teaching. Join colleagues from campuses nationwide to discover and discuss the latest tools and techniques for the job you love.

International Consortium for Educational Development

"ICED, The International Consortium for Educational Development, was established to promote educational or academic development in higher education world-wide. ICED is a network whose members are themselves national organizations or networks concerned with promoting good practice in higher education. The ICED Council is formed by Presidents, or their representatives, of a country's academic staff development network(s)."

Recommended Resources

The Kennesaw State University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning website has a great directory of conferences.  


The following faculty/staff recently published or presented pedagogical research. In addition to the library’s Scholar Archives area, OTL highlights Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) publications and presentations on its website. In AY 2019, OTL is funding several faculty-led action research projects focused on effective online course design. These projects will result in further SOTL publications and presentations.


  • Arendt, A., Trego, A., Allred, J. 2016. Students reach beyond expectations with cafeteria style grading. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 8(1), 2-17.

  • Athens, W. 2018. Perceptions of the persistent: Engagement and learning community in underrepresented populations. Online Learning Journal, 22(2).

  • Cox, V. 2017. Face-to-face versus online: A comparison of student performance in Introduction to Finance classes. Journal of Economics and Finance Education.

  • Hanewicz, C., Platt, A. & Arendt, A. 2017. Creating a learner-centered teaching environment using student choice in assignments. Distance Education, 38(3), 273-287.


  • Hill, J., Thompson, C., Beers, M. 2018. Classroom observation rubric for novice Instructors. Biennial International Seminar on the Teaching of Psychological Science. Download the rubric.


Submit your publication/presentation citation to OTL by emailing teachinglearning@uvu.edu.

2018-2019 SoTL Projects