“Scholarly” Teaching & the “Scholarship of” Teaching

We are often asked to engage in both scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching, but can forget to acknowledge that while closely related, their intentions and outcomes are different. Scholarly teaching involves the use of evidence-based practices in our teaching, which includes actively reading and critically reflecting on new pedagogical approaches to understand how, why, and when our students are learning. While intertwined with scholarly teaching, the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves a systematic approach into studying student learning, through asking questions, gathering evidence, and applying frameworks of inquiry.

Many of us move between scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching, but without reflecting on how both overlap, compliment, and are a part of a larger practice of our teaching development. This studio course will explore both concepts and focus on how you can be both a scholarly teacher and produce scholarship about your teaching at the same time.

Please note: This is a face-to-face course on the Halifax campus only.

Course Times
10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thursdays, B400 of the Killam

  • Class 1: Oct 24, 2019
  • Class 2: Oct 31, 2019
  • Class 3: Nov 7, 2019
  • Class 4: Nov 14, 2019 (Not mandatory, work time and opportunity for feedback)
  • Class 5: Nov 21, 2019
  • Class 6: Nov 28, 2019

Learning outcomes

  • Engage in collaborative conversations with colleagues across disciplines to explore foundational principles of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Identify and explore an area of curiosity related to student learning, through critically reflecting on your teaching practice.  
  • Develop a research question grounded in the principles of good SoTL practice and supported by appropriate literature on teaching and learning.
  • Provide peer feedback and support to enhance the scholarly practices of others in the studio course.


Jill Marie McSweeney-Flaherty, PhD
Educational Developer (Graduate Students)
Tel: (902) 494-4300 | Email: jill.mcsweeney@dal.ca


This course has a max capacity of 18 students.