Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

The Office of Faculty Development strives to support faculty members in all of their research goals, including research in the area of SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).

What is SoTL?

The University Standing Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching endorsed the following definition:

“The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is creative sharing of disciplinary knowledge and enhancing of student learning that is peer-assessed; communicated outside the traditional teacher/student interaction; and reflectively critiqued…

SoTL is a systematic study of teaching and learning that is documented in a public forum and is available for peer review. The goals of SoTL are to enhance student learning and to improve instructional practices in higher education. “

SoTL involves:

  • systematic study through the use of evidence-based methods and reflection
  • creation of rigorous knowledge about teaching and learning
  • public sharing of this knowledge and building on knowledge cumulatively over time
  • documentation in a public forum and availability for peer review

Sharing your research

There are many avenues to share your SoTL research with your peers, both at NCSU and scholarly community at large.  Information on conferences, journals, NCSU projects and other initiatives can be found below.


A list of journals that include topics related to SoTL can be found here.


Funding SoTL Research

Illinois State University has pulled together an excellent list of funding opportunities for SoTL work. 

Ongoing SoTL Projects

These SoTL projects offer the opportunity to see this type of research in action.  If you know of a SoTL project not listed here that you’d like to publicize, please contact the OFD staff.

SoTL Projects at NCSU

  • STEM: A large, interdisciplinary group of faculty from the STEM disciplines and various education fields who study teaching and learning.
  • LITRE: “Learning in a Technology-Rich Environment” (LITRE) is an empirical research program aimed at enhancing the extensive learning with technology opportunities available at North Carolina State University.
  • Computer Based Modeling for Engineering: This project is based on development of curricula to educate students to model problems, solve these problems using modeling tools, and then to analyze the solutions through decision support (i.e., become “power users” not programmers).
  • Thoroughly Modern MILLIE (Methods of Incorporating the Latest Learning Innovations in Education): This project seeks to update the traditional lecture/lab-based university course and take advantage of recent advances in instructional technology and pedagogies
  • VOLT: This project looks at the use of the video game medium in learning contexts among both undergraduate students in science education and graduate students in science education, Adult and Higher Education, and Business Management.