Scholar Project Submissions

The heart of the Institute is a process of mentoring SoTL projects that are work-in-progress by providing feedback and support in small groups of scholars. In order to foster an active culture of exchange, mentoring cohorts are limited to no more than 28 scholars. Upon the acceptance of a project, each scholar is assigned a mentor who will touch base with them ahead of the Institute. Mentors are assigned a group of three or four scholars. Each mentor group meets four times during the Institute for the presentation and discussion of the scholars' projects. Scholars receive feedback and suggestions from their mentor, the other scholars in the mentor group, and participants. Mentors also provide individual feedback to each scholar.

We Seek Proposals That:

  • Pose questions in any collegiate or graduate discipline or field in which the scholar teaches.
  • Come from individual scholars or teams of scholars.
  • Frame a well-defined question about teaching and learning of importance to others.
  • Suggest or show evidence of a systematic investigation and methodology.
  • Represent genuine work-in-progress that can benefit from mentoring.
  • Engage the Institute's theme or another SoTL question.

We are seeking genuine work-in-progress; your work should be well beyond the initial-idea stage but may not be a completed project or paper. Ideally, you have a well-defined question you are investigating, know what approaches others have taken to investigate similar or related questions, and have carefully thought about how to approach your question.

The application and selection process is based on a 750-1250 word application essay that addresses the following questions:

  1. What is the central question you plan to explore in your proposed work?
  2. Why is your central question important to you and to others who might benefit from or build on your findings?
    Please note that the goal of the scholarship of teaching and learning is not simply to improve your own teaching, but also to contribute to the practice and profession of teaching more broadly by sharing your findings.
  3. How do you plan to conduct your investigation? What sources of evidence do you plan to examine? What methods will you employ to gather and make sense of this evidence?
  4. How do you plan to make your work available to others in ways that facilitate scholarly critique and review, and that contribute to thought and practice beyond your classroom or local community?
  5. What aspects of the design and character of this work are not yet fully developed? What questions do you have and what do you still need to know?

Please provide careful responses to all questions. Be as concise and precise as possible. Your proposal will be read by a group of scholars who may or may not be in your field - avoid jargon as much as possible and explain necessary technical terms. The review process is blind. You will receive feedback from the reviewers. The clearer your proposal the more targeted and helpful feedback can be. Please limit the overall length of your proposal to 750-1250 words. Make sure your answers to the five questions summarize everything that is relevant and important to your proposal. This rubric will be used during the blind review process.

Submit your Scholar Project here, or copy this link into your browser for the submission form - submission is now CLOSED.

Proposal Deadline: Receipt by February 1, 2013. February 22, 2013
Scholar Notifications: Anticipated by mid March 2013.

If your scholar project is accepted you will have to commit to attending by March 29, 2013. In early April you will be put in touch with your mentor and will have to provide an abstract that, along with your name and title, will be included in the program and posted online. Scholars are responsible for their own travel arrangements, accommodation, and registration. Scholars are expected to attend all four sessions of their mentor group.

By submitting your project to IISSAM 2013, you agree to having your project distributed and reviewed anonymously; you also declare that your submitted project is of your authorship, does not infringe any copyrights or other rights, and any collaborators you may have do not object to your project being considered at IISSAM.

For projects that are not at the mentoring stage, because they are either in the very initial stages or are essentially completed, IISSAM provides another way to participate: A poster session for which you can find submission details HERE. If you are not sure whether your project is at the right point for mentoring, then we strongly encourage you to submit your proposal as a scholar project. If it is not selected for mentoring, you will then have the opportunity to submit it as a poster.

Please contact us at with any questions.