The mentoring process is at the heart of our Institute. With a small cohort of scholars and a personal mentor relationship for each scholar, our Institute creates a community of scholars that support each other in their investigations of teaching and learning.

Our Institute adapts principles and practices developed by the Carnegie Foundation's National Scholars Program (1998-2005), which brought together outstanding faculty, committed to investigating and documenting significant issues in the teaching and learning in their fields, with the explicit purpose of creating "a community of scholars, diverse in all the ways that matter, whose work will advance the profession of teaching and deepen student learning."

Our Institute mentors share that philosophy, and many of the mentors have been National Carnegie Scholars. All Institute mentors are engaged in SoTL and mentoring. During our Institute, each mentors will work with a mentor group of four scholars whose work-in-progress has been accepted through our Call for Projects. Mentor groups will meet four times during the Institute for presentations and discussions of the scholars' projects; each scholar will receive individual feedback on his/her project from the mentor, other scholars, and participants.

Institute mentors will also lead workshops for all participants that support beginning and advanced SoTL scholars as well as encourage the mentoring of and administrative support for campus SoTL work.

Interested in what previous scholars thought about the mentored sessions? Check out the IISSAM 2012 Voices.

2013 Mentors

Patricia Coward

Director of Faculty Development, Center for Teaching Excellence, Canisius College

Pat Coward is the Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence and teaches part-time for the Department of English. After earning a PhD in American Literature and Composition Theory in 1990, she held a faculty position at Frostburg State University until 2005, where she founded the University's first Center for Teaching Excellence. She took the full-time position of CTE Director at Canisius College in 2005, where she is committed to bringing the college's Jesuit Mission into the classroom. Pat mentors faculty at all career stages and offers a wide range of faculty support, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; she has sponsored over 20 teacher-scholars from Canisius College at CASTL/IISSAM Institutes since 2006. A frequent presenter at numerous teaching and learning conferences (Lilly, POD), Pat has been an invited speaker at a number of US and Japanese colleges and universities.

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Jacqueline Dewar

Department of Mathematics, Loyola Marymount University

Jacqueline Dewar, PhD, is professor and former mathematics department chair at Loyola Marymount University, where she also directed faculty development initiatives for five years. A 2003-04 Carnegie scholar, she received a national teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America in 2006. She led LMU's work as coordinating institution for the Carnegie Affiliates program during 2007-09. Her SoTL work has explored student understanding of mathematical proof, future teachers' understanding of mathematics, the effects of adding a civic engagement component to a quantitative literacy course, and how an undergraduate course on "women and mathematics" later influenced teachers' classroom practice relative to gender equity. She has co-authored collegiate level mathematics textbooks, published articles on mathematics education, SoTL, and faculty development, and presented SoTL workshops at regional and national meetings.

Jacqueline Dewar

Kathleen Flecky

Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University

Dr. Flecky was a scholar participant at the National Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Summer Institutes in 2008 and 2009. She was a workshop presenter at the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL/IISSAM) at Creighton University in 2011. Dr Flecky earned a B.S in Medical Technology, B.S. in Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. Dr. Flecky has interdisciplinary experience teaching students from the fields of occupational therapy, nursing and physical therapy. She has published, received external and internal grant funding, and presented research and workshops on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in the following areas: service-learning, community partnerships, and health promotion.

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Lillian McEnery

Literacy Studies, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Lillian McEnery teaches masters and doctoral courses in the school of education at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is the program coordinator for Literacy, Language, and Library Science and the director of the UHCL Literacy Clinic where she is provided the opportunity to explore aspects associated with learner motivation and literacy as a transformative agent. Lillian served as the co-director of the Teaching Learning Enhancement Center at UHCL from 2006-2011 and was part of the planning team instrumental in developing the model for the Mentoring of Newer Scholars strand of the CASTL institute. She has worked with several faculty from various disciplines to research, write about, and present on SoTL projects related to creating and sustaining authentic classroom learning environments. She has presented papers at several national and international SoTL conferences and has published in national journals on SoTL topics.

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Kathleen Perkins

Department of Theatre, Columbia College Chicago

She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, and was a Professional Theater Program Fellow at the University of Michigan. A freelance actress and director, Kathleen has acted on diverse stages throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is a member of Actors Equity and SAG, and has appeared in several TV and theatrical films including Judgment Night and the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy. A 1999-2000, Carnegie Foundation Scholar (the first in theater), Kathleen is deeply involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) movement supported by the Carnegie CASTL program. She has presented papers at national and international SOTL conferences and has served as a mentor at the National CASTL Institute for the last six years. She teaches Text Analysis and the senior acting class, coordinates the BFA and Assessment programs, and directs. Her most recent production was Gorki's Summerfolk for the Main Stage season.

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Lauren Scharff

Behavioral Sciences, United States Air Force Academy

Lauren Scharff is the inaugural Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program and a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). As SoTL Director she has helped mentor and / or been co-investigator for over 60 SoTL projects, some focusing on efforts within individual courses, some examining efforts across multiple courses, and some tied to institutional outcomes. Prior to working at USAFA, she was a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), where she worked since 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Experimental Psychology (Visual Perception) from the University of Texas at Austin. At SFASU, she also served for 2.5 years as the co-director for the SFA Teaching Excellence Center, which she helped establish in 2006. During her time at SFASU she helped lead initiatives to reorganize new faculty orientation, create teaching circles, and write a faculty "survival guide."

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