The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning: What's Your Problem?

  • Jill Nelson George Mason University
  • Kelly Schrum George Mason University
  • Mills Kelly George Mason University
  • Nate Sleeter George Mason University
  • Steve Harris-Scott George Mason University
  • Amy Lewis George Mason University
  • Aimee Weinstein George Mason University
  • Steve Brown George Mason University
  • Julia Nord George Mason University
  • Jessica Rosenberg George Mason University


Location: George's

Facilitators, all members of Masonâs Faculty Learning Community on SOTL, will introduce the field of SOTL and the many ways that SOTL scholars approach teaching and learning problems. Because the focus of this session is on the participants, they will share a teaching and learning challenge, issue, or question they have about their own teaching in a workshop environment. In small groups with support from facilitators, participants will develop well-defined, actionable research questions that address the challenge they brought with them. At the conclusion of the session, participants will read their questions to the group for final feedback and then facilitators will conclude the workshop by introducing several common data collection and research methods within SOTL. All participants will be encouraged to join the Mason SOTL Faculty Learning Community to further develop their SOTL projects. Facilitators will also introduce the many ways that SOTL scholars make their work public, including the different genres of publication that are available in SOTL. This interdisciplinary group of co-facilitators represent colleges and disciplines across Mason, including the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), INTO Mason, the College of Health and Human Services, and the College of Science. They have worked together during the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Community.

Author Biographies

Jill Nelson, George Mason University

**2014 University Teaching Excellence Award Winner**

Jill is an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering. Her research in STEM education is focused on faculty teaching development to support broad adoption of evidence-based teaching practices.

Kelly Schrum, George Mason University

**4-VA Grant Recipient **

Kelly Schrum is an associate professor in the Higher Education Program at George Mason University and associate editor for Teaching and Learning Inquiry, the journal for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Schrumâs research and teaching focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and on teaching and learning in the digital age, including online learning, scholarly digital storytelling, and digital humanities. Schrum has directed more than 60 digital humanities projects with funding from federal and state agencies, foundations, and school districts. Schrum has published widely, including recent articles on scholarly digital storytelling and teaching historical thinking in hybrid and online settings. She presents her work nationally and internationally. Schrum received her B.A. in history and anthropology from U.C. Berkeley and her Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University.

Mills Kelly, George Mason University

Mills is a professor of history at Mason and is the president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Nate Sleeter, George Mason University

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Digital Teaching and Learning working on education projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Steve Harris-Scott, George Mason University

Term assistant professor of humanities and history and the program manager for INTO Mason's Graduate International Pathways. Teaches classes on global history 

Amy Lewis, George Mason University

Term assistant professor of humanities with INTO George Mason  She has 15+ years of experience in international education

Aimee Weinstein, George Mason University

Term professor and academic advisor with INTO Mason's Graduate International Pathways Program. She has taught a variety of writing courses, from freshmen composition to advanced expository writing. 

Steve Brown, George Mason University

Term assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services. He teaches healthcare accounting and finance courses in the graduate and undergraduate health administration programs. 

Julia Nord, George Mason University

**2017 University Teaching Excellence Award Winner**

**4-VA Grant Recipient **

Term professor in the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences in the College of Science. 

Jessica Rosenberg, George Mason University

Dr. Rosenberg is the Director of the STEM Accelerator in the College of Science and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is an astronomer who studies the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time primarily by studying the baryonic content of galaxies and the intergalactic medium. She is also an educator interested in improving the retention and diversity of students in the Mason College of science through enhanced learning experiences.

11:20am-12:00pm Mini-Workshops, Panels, & Roundtables