Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
SoTL Programs at Park University •SoTL Events at Park University • SoTL Resources
CASTL represents a major initiative of The Carnegie Foundation. Launched in 1998, the program builds on a conception of teaching as scholarly work proposed in the 1990 report, Scholarship Reconsidered, by former Carnegie Foundation President Ernest Boyer, and on the 1997 follow-up publication, Scholarship Assessed, by Glassick, Huber, and Maeroff.
Currently, the CASTL Program is working with a wide variety of institutions (campuses, collaborative centers and organizations, scholarly societies, etc.) to broaden the reach and depth of the scholarship of teaching and learning. These efforts are focused on the CASTL Institutional Leadership Program and the CASTL Affiliates Program.
In 2007 Park University became an official member of the Carnegie CASTL Affiliate Group and are currently working on cross-institutional collaborations with Purdue University, Loyola Marymount University, Southern Connecticut State University, and other affiliate institutions. For more information about Park University's SoTL related events and programs on Park University's Campus please see the information below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SoTL Programs at Park University:
- The Research Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for Park University faculty who are working on articles, book manuscripts, and dissertations to benefit from the support and accountability of a community of writers. In addition to facilitating collaboration and the sharing of resources among faculty writers, CETL’s Research Mentoring Program will also arrange guest speakers on a variety of topics, from grant writing to conference proposal writing. CETL will provide research mentoring on an individualized basis to faculty who would like support reaching their scholarly writing goals.
- The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is proud to publish InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, the first peer-reviewed publication to be sponsored by Park University. InSight is a refereed journal published annually by CETL that features theoretical and empirically-based research articles, critical reflection pieces, case studies and classroom innovations relevant to teaching, learning and assessment. Unique from many discipline-based and teaching-oriented journals, InSight focuses each edition on a specific topic or theme relevant to current trends in higher education. Volume 3 will focus on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. InSight is now available to highlight the work of faculty across the United States. Manuscripts are subject to a double-blind review by a panel of internal and external reviewers.
- CETL is pleased to announce "The Scholarly Teacher". "The Scholarly Teacher" is an electronic resource provided to Park Faculty that includes pedogical strategies, SoTL Conference Opportunities, and a section to spotlight peer-reviewed publication opportunities for SoTL related work. This resource is distributed electronically to all faculty and archived copies are housed on the CETL website.
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SoTL Events at Park University:
- "Mentoring Student Research", Wednesday, October 1, This presentation addressed best practices for mentoring student research, in particular helping students identify topics and design research questions. The presentation was facilitated by Dr. Virginia Brackett, assistant professor of English and director of the Honors Program. All materials from her presentation are online.
- "Mentoring Student Research: Devising Methodologies", Wednesday, November 5, While students often have specific ideas about potential research topics, they are typically less clear about how to tdevise manageable strategies for exploring their topics. this presentation discussed guidelines for selecting appropriate empirical methodologies and will highlight unique considerations for supervising student resarch across range of methdological approaches. This presentation was facilitated by Dr. B. Jean Mandernach, research associate, CETL, and all presentation materials are posted online.
- "How Faculty Can Support Student Retention", Wednesday, February 18, This presentation discussed ways that faculty can support student retention. The presentation was facilitated by Dr. Diana McElroy, dean of Student Life, and Cathy Colapietro, associate dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services.
- 3rd Annual Greater Kansas City Symposium on Teaching and Learning, Saturday, April 25, (hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City), The annual Greater Kansas City Symposium on Teaching and Learning assembles area faculty and graduate students dedicated to scholarly teaching and the scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Participants have the opportunity to work collaboratively to advance course or institutional-level teaching and learning projects. Unlike a traditional conference, the Symposium consists of facilitated work-groups and peer review of work-in-progress through an interactive poster session. Participants contribute to dialogue and collaboration on self-selected topics including implementing classroom-based research and reflective practices; how SoTL intersects with other teaching and learning movements within the academy; and issues related to the evaluation of teaching. The location of the Symposium's location rotates every two years among steering committee institutions: Avila University, Baker University, Johnson County Community College, Metropolitan Community Colleges, Missouri Western State University, Park University, Rockhurst University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and William Jewell College. For information, or if you would like to become a member of the steering committee, please contact email@example.com. Please visit UMKC's FaCET webpage for abstracts and other materials.
- 4th Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, Wednesday, March 4, It is a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning priority to recognize and reward faculty contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning. To that end, CETL will host the annual luncheon to highlight the dedication to teaching excellence, accomplishments and milestones of outstanding full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty among the Park community.
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