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Scholarship-Focused Awards

Faculty Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award

1 award of $2,000, made possible by the Noel Endowment Fund.

This award is presented to an EKU faculty member who has demonstrated a strong record of accomplishments in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). This would include systematic investigation into teaching, learning, and other conditions that improve learning or other related outcomes.

Accomplishments in advancing SoTL excellence can be demonstrated through increased student-centered pedagogical approaches including:

  • Systematic investigation regarding teaching, student learning and instructional conditions which promote learning, or similar pedagogic research.
  • Dissemination by published peer-reviewed scholarly work that leads to new knowledge in teaching and learning.
  • Strategies for new or innovative methods for determining the impact of teaching practices on student learning and/or knowledge retention.
  • Incorporation of student voices, from a culturally relevant perspective within design, collaboration, and dissemination in scholarship.
  • Adapting or enhancing SoTL strategies from the literature to further enhance student learning and/or knowledge retention.

Any current full-time or part-time faculty member is eligible to apply, with the following qualifications:

  • Senior administrators at the Associate Dean level and higher are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not receive the same award in two consecutive award cycles.
  • Applicants must have taught at least one course at EKU during the fall or spring of the current award cycle.

Application Process:
All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Awards are selected by an appointed committee composed of previous award winners (when possible), faculty peers, and other university representatives with expertise in the award area.  Award recipients will be notified no later than March 1, and will be invited to attend the University Faculty Awards Ceremony during Scholars Week.

Application Materials:
1. Narrative: Each applicant should submit an 800-word (or less) narrative in support of the application. In the event that a narrative exceeds 800 words, only the first 800 words will be considered.

Applicants may also include the use of up to five examples in an appendix. These examples must illustrate points already made in the narrative rather than adding new details, and only the first five will be considered. Descriptions of the examples may be provided and should not exceed 25 words each (which are not counted toward the narrative’s word limit).

For this award, the narrative should answer the following questions:

  • How does your SOTL project/research promote or advance the process of teaching and learning?
  • Describe how students and/or faculty at our institution benefit from your findings.
  • Describe the innovation of your investigation and/or findings. What sets it apart from similar research/scholarly projects?
  • How can the results of your investigation/scholarly projects transform your academic discipline, EKU, and/or the service region?

2. Letters: Each submission is required to have a letter of support from a supervisor addressing the applicant’s efforts and success in the award area. In addition, no more than two (2) additional letters of support from others (e.g. students, colleagues, alumni) may be included.


Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

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Crabbe Library
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-7330

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