Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This studio course is designed to introduce faculty members and instructors to the field of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). In this course, we will reflect on the value of SOTL and explore researching teaching and learning across the disciplines through a facilitated research development process to design a SoTL research project. Drawing from our own disciplinary backgrounds, and often working collaboratively, we will define a research question and place that question in the context of the relevant literatures, determine appropriate research methodologies, and explore the ethical implications of your research design. Throughout the course, we will draw on some foundational writings in the field of SoTL, and engage in practical exercises that will result in a SoTL project that can be undertaken upon completion of the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will attend all four sessions and should plan time between sessions for working on their projects.

Date and Time: Wednesdays from 11AM to 1PM on February 6, 13, 27, and March 6, 2019: inclusive
Location: Killam Library B400
Cost: Free to Dalhousie employees


Heather A. Smith is Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Currently on leave, she is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University and a 2018 BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellow. She is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), and a two-time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also a Regional Vice-President Canada for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). In her most recent administrative position, she was the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Northern British Columbia (2012-2018).

Among her most recent publications are: With Tracy Summerville “Can We Talk? Four Conversations We Need to Have about Teaching and Learning in Canadian Political Science.” The Canadian Journal of Political Science, published online (April 2017), pp. 263-279; with Angela Kehler, Roselynn Verwoord, and Heather Smith, “We are the Process: Reflections on the Underestimation of Power in Students as Partners in Practice.” The International Journal of Students as Partners, (May 2017), Vol 1(1), available at: https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/article/view/3176/2759; Heather A. Smith “Unlearning: A Messy and Complex Journey with Canadian Foreign Policy” International Journal, (2017), Vol. 72(2) 203–216.

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