The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a movement that focuses on systematically investigating academic practices with the goal of enhancing educational quality and student experiences. SoTL is a foundational component of CITLS that has garnered increasing interest within Lafayette, LVAIC, and the greater higher education community. In an effort to continue this trend and honor Lafayette’s dedication to teaching excellence, CITLS is piloting the SoTL Scholars Program as a part of its complement of programs and services. The SoTL Scholars Program will support a faculty member in their efforts to conduct research on their teaching. Along with the expertise of CITLS Director Dr. Tracie Addy, the SoTL Scholar will receive a stipend as well as professional development funds to attend and present at conferences.
The first ever SoTL Scholar, beginning Fall 2022, will be Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Heidi Hendrickson. Professor Hendrickson will continue her work on Compute-to-Learn pedagogy (C2L). C2L involves students developing interactive and dynamic computer-based demonstrations of relevant concepts to enhance their understanding of physical chemistry. She will explore how using demos affects student learning and engagement, particularly at a small, liberal arts college.