A Decade in the Making: Examining the Evidence of SoTL Through Promotion and Tenure Artifacts

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https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.10.24

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landscape of practice, SoTL productivity, tenure, promotion, faculty

Abstract

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) aligns with many institutionally espoused values regarding the value of teaching and learning excellence. SoTL has increased in prestige and value in the past decade, but less information about the proliferation of SoTL within one institution is known. Through an examination of 10 years of curriculum vitae submitted for successful promotion and tenure, our study investigated faculty members’ engagement in SoTL over time and differences in engagement by rank, race, gender, discipline, and type of SoTL artifact. Over the 10-year period, the percentage of faculty engaged in SoTL did not differ significantly. We did uncover differences by disciplinary type and race. Faculty were most likely to engage in grants and presentations related to SoTL and least likely to have a peer-reviewed journal artifact. Our findings suggest that although SoTL efforts continue to gain acceptance within the higher education milieu, institutional and disciplinary realities may be powerful determiners of SoTL participation.

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Author Biographies

Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Iowa State University

Ann M. Gansemer-Topf is an associate professor in higher education and student affairs in the School of Education at Iowa State University (US).

Sara Marcketti, Iowa State University

Sara Marcketti is director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and a Morrill Professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University (US).

Paul Hengesteg, Iowa State University

Paul Hengesteg is the assessment coordinator in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Iowa State University (US).

Steven A. Freeman, Iowa State University

Steven A. Freeman is a university professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University (US).

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2022-07-11

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Gansemer-Topf, Ann M., Sara Marcketti, Paul Hengesteg, and Steven A. Freeman. 2022. “A Decade in the Making: Examining the Evidence of SoTL Through Promotion and Tenure Artifacts”. Teaching and Learning Inquiry 10 (July). https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.10.24.