Instructors: Apply by April 21 for new PWL SoTL fellowship program

Purdue West Lafayette instructors of all ranks who are interested in engaging in scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) are invited to apply to a new two-year SoTL Fellowship program that begins this summer and continues through Summer 2025.

For the purposes of this fellowship, SoTL is defined as any scholarly inquiry that reflects on a topic related to teaching and learning, builds on previous research in the field, and is shared with peers. No previous experience with SoTL is required to apply.

The SoTL fellowship will last two years and include an online month-long faculty learning community (FLC) in June 2023 followed by a monthly community of practice (CoP). At the conclusion of their fellowship, participants will have completed a SoTL project and submitted the results for dissemination.

The summer FLC will provide an opportunity for fellows to explore different types of scholarship of teaching and learning projects and design their own SoTL project based on a class they will be teaching with support and feedback from Center for Instructional Excellence staff and peer fellows. During the FLC, participants will: 
1. Explore different types of potential SoTL projects.
2. Identify an actionable research question related to a class they will be teaching during the academic year.
3. Examine previous literature related to their research question.
4. Design a SoTL project around their research question.
5. Complete an IRB proposal, if required for their project.

Following the FLC, SoTL fellows will participate in a community of practice that will meet monthly to provide support and feedback as they carry out their SoTL projects throughout the year. During the CoP, participants will:
1. Meet monthly to stay accountable on their SoTL projects (or meet individually with one of the facilitators if they are unavailable).
2. Have the opportunity to seek advice on any potential challenges while conducting their SoTL projects.
3. Provide feedback and support to other fellows on their projects.
4. Act as mentors for later cohorts of SoTL fellows.

SoTL Fellows will receive a $2,000 stipend in two installments, which can be used to facilitate their projects (e.g. buying analysis software, open-source journals etc.). The first installment will be paid following the completion of the summer FLC and the second installment once they have submitted their project for dissemination.

Applicants for the SoTL Fellowship program should completethis online application by Friday, April 21, 2023. SoTL Fellows will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, May 5, 2023. Questions may be directed to Emily Bonem, CIE assistant director of SoTL, You may also visit the SoTL Fellowship webpage.

For questions and support at your campus, contact:
Purdue Global: Direct teaching-related questions to Technical support questions should be directed to or 866-522-7747 (toll-free).
Purdue Fort Wayne: SoTL-related questions may be directed to PFW’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) at, 260-481-6354, or to Rachel Ramsey, who leads CELT’s SoTL (CASTLE) group and initiatives.
Purdue Northwest: Direct teaching-related questions to the Center for Faculty Excellence at, 219-989-8328, or CFE’s website. Technical support questions should be directed to The Office of Instructional Technology by email or OIT’s website or through their Virtual Help Desk.