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Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Awards


On behalf of the Board of Regents, the USG Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce and invite nominations for the 2018 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Awards. Initiated by Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered (1990), and exemplified by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning encourages and supports the work of faculty members whose scholarship focuses on the instructional mission of the institution. Two faculty/staff awards may be given; sector will not be a consideration for these awards. Award winners will be announced in February 2018. We hope that the award will continue to foster and encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning at USG institutions.

Eligibility and Nomination Procedures

Current full-time members of the teaching faculty and teaching academic staff at USG institutions are eligible for individual awards. Each institution is invited to submit one nomination for an individual award. Campus nomination procedures should be determined by each institution.

Award Committee

A special Regents committee, composed of faculty and administrators from across the System who are experienced in SoTL research, will review the nomination portfolios and recommend finalists for each award.

An electronic copy of the full portfolio is due by email no later than Dec. 4, 2017. All documents for the nomination packet are required to be combined into a SINGLE pdf file with the following naming convention: Last name_Institution_ Award Category (e.g. Smith_USG_SOTL). Mail nomination portfolio pdf to Faculty Resources.


The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that nominees have:

  • Engaged in the systematic examination of issues about student learning and instructional conditions which promote the learning, building on previous scholarship.
  • Documented the use of strategies for investigating and evaluating the impact of teaching practice on student learning, anchored in the research literature.
  • Engaged in scholarship that is public, peer reviewed and critiqued.
  • Produced scholarly work which contributes new questions and knowledge about teaching and learning.
  • Developed a well articulated teaching philosophy that drives research questions.
  • Documented the dissemination of their scholarship results.

Required Documentation

Nomination portfolios for these awards are limited to 20 pages, including any appendices (1” margins, minimum 12-point font). Each portfolio must include the following information:

  • A Table of Contents for the portfolio. NOTE: The TOC does not count toward the maximum of 20 pages.
  • Nomination letter from the institution’s chief academic officer noting the highlights of the nomination portfolio. (1-2 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • A teaching philosophy narrative that outlines how their research questions and the related goals, theories, and methods of their scholarship activities support their teaching philosophy. (1-2 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • Data/evidence of the impact of their teaching techniques/pedagogies on student learning and its potential impact on teaching and learning in the discipline. (3-5 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • A condensed curriculum vitae that includes relevant SOTL presentations, articles and/or publications. (2-3 pages, 1” margins, minimum 12-point font)
  • One or two letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the value and quality of the nominee’s scholarship of teaching and learning activities, and its impact in improving undergraduate/graduate education. These letters should describe how the nominee’s activities have contributed knowledge in the field and how it has enhanced the learning of students.

Note: All documents must be combined into a SINGLE pdf file and submitted by email. Portfolios that exceed 20 pages or do not meet formatting requirements will not be accepted.