SoTL Showcase

  • SoTL Showcase 2011

    October 4 - 7, 2011

    SoTL Showcase 2011 Flyer

    Tuesday, October 4, from 9 - 11am, in University Hall 3030

    Individual appointments and drop-in times with Dr. Sherry Linkon

    Tuesday, October 4, at 12:15pm in University Hall 3030

    SoTL Showcase Keynote by Dr. Sherry Linkon

    Dialogic Pedagogy: Improving Students' Learning through Faculty Interactions

    ECHO Recording of SoTL Showcase Keynote

    Traditionally, faculty have seen our classrooms as separate, even personal spaces. While we recognize that our courses build on what students have learned from colleagues and help prepare them for future learning, few of us spend much time talking with our colleagues about how we teach. We might commiserate with colleagues about the challenge of getting students to do the reading or to get to class on time, but we don't talk about the real heart of what we do – helping students develop the ability to use core concepts and methods. We're even less likely to talk in any depth about how we teach or what we teach with people from other disciplines. This talk will consider why we don't engage in significant dialogues about teaching and how talking – within and across disciplines -- about what we want students to learn and how we facilitate their learning can help us teach better and enrich our academic lives.

    Lunch will be included, RSVP to or (310) 338-5866.

    Tuesday, October 4, from 3 - 5pm on the 3rd Floor Skyway Outside CTE and in the Marymount Institute Lounge

    SoTL Showcase Poster Session and Reception

    LMU Faculty SoTL Posters and Summer Assessment Workshop Participants (booklet)

    The poster session offers the opportunity to engage each other in conversations about our teaching, to learn from each other and to be inspired by our colleagues' teaching experiences across the disciplines. The poster session showcases systematic investigations by LMU faculty into teaching and learning in our classrooms and the assessment of it. It also provides background information on the scholarship of teaching and learning at LMU as well as assessment activities. The CTE will report results from the latest SoTL survey, in particular about our understanding of scholarship of teaching and learning as well the main topics of teaching and learning faculty would like to engage in. The reception with some good finger food and wine will provides a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which to meet each other.

    Please let us know whether you plan to attend so that we can make sure we have enough food and drink:

    Wednesday, October 5, from 9 - 11am in University Hall 3030

    SoTL Showcase Workshop by Dr. Sherry Linkon

    Teach Me What You Know: Strategies for Collaborative Course Design

    ECHO Recording of SoTL Showcase Workshop

    LMU's new core curriculum invites faculty to develop interdisciplinary courses of several kinds. It builds on a widely-accepted idea that students benefit from interdisciplinary learning and from courses that help them make connections across the curriculum. The idea is wise, but moving from idea to practice is a challenge. While many faculty identify their work as interdisciplinary, they define that concept in many different ways. Others feel uncomfortable teaching outside of their areas of expertise. We don't think we know enough, or we worry about getting things wrong. So we have a paradox: we want to offer good interdisciplinary courses but we don't necessarily know how. Team teaching is one way of solving the problem, and when developed thoughtfully, team-taught courses can help faculty gain confidence in working beyond their disciplinary boundaries. Collaboratively-designed courses, whether taught by multiple faculty or taught individually by members of a team that planned the course together, can not only help student learn but also give faculty rich opportunities for expanding our perspectives, developing relationships beyond our departments, and gaining fresh insight on our own fields. To make it work, we need to find ways to frame deep, critical, intentional conversations and to translate those conversations into concrete course plans. Participants in this workshop will learn about and practice some concrete strategies for learning together to design effective and truly interdisciplinary courses.

    Thursday, October 6, from 12:15 - 1:15pm in University Hall 3030

    Core Curriculum/SoTL Event

    "Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Teaching at LMU" Panel Discussion

    We will be hearing about examples of successful and fascinating interdisciplinary classes that are being taught at LMU, discuss the opportunities and challenges of such classes, envision new classes and projects to be undertaken, and also consider the support necessary for such interdisciplinary teaching. We hope to have a broad discussion involving all participants.


    Elizabeth Drummond, History, "History & Literature of the Holocaust" (team taught with Holli Levistky)
    Kam Dahlquist, Biology, "Biological Databases" (team taught with John Dionisi)
    Sue Scheibler, Film and Television Studies, "Embodiment of Mind and Meditative Gaze" (team taught with Robin Wang)
    Kevin Wetmore, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, "Catholic Spirit in Drama"

    Additional panelists TBD.

    Lunch will be included, RSVP to or (310) 338-5866.

    Friday, October 7, from 2pm - 3:30pm in BCL eClassroom UNH 3212

    QQSW: Introduction to Sampling and Hypothesis Testing

    Presenter: Dr. Andrew Healy, Economics

    In this workshop, we will discuss simple ways of describing and summarizing data. We will start by going over the most basic ways of capturing what data can tell us: histograms, means, and standard deviations. After these methods, we will discuss the ideas of using samples to understand populations, along with how to use samples in any field to test hypotheses. For example, in economics, we might want to use a sample of households to determine whether it was generally true that losing a job causes people to be more likely to divorce. Hypothesis testing methods enable us to determine both an answer to this question and an estimate of how certain we are of that answer.

    Refreshments will be included, RSVP to or (310) 338-5866.

    This event is part of a series of Quantitative and Qualitative Skills Workshops (QQSW) hosted by the CTE, supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at LMU.

    Sherry Lee Linkon

    Sherry Lee Linkon is a professor of English and American Studies, and Co-Director of the Center for Working-Class Studies at YSU. She was a Carnegie Scholar in 1999, and in 2003, she was named Ohio Professor of the Year. Her book Teaching Working Class (University of Massachusetts, 1999) was named one of the ten best academic books of the 1990s by the readers of Lingua Franca magazine. She has published articles and an online course portfolio about her research on teaching interdisciplinary analysis in literary and cultural studies, and she has given workshops and presentations on course design, interdisciplinary learning, teaching working-class students, and approaches to scholarship of teaching and learning at colleges and universities around the country.

    She recently published a book based on 10 years of SoTL research on students learning in literary studies, Literary Learning: Teaching the English Major (Indiana, 2011). In addition to her work in SoTL, she has been at the forefront of developing New Working-Class Studies. Her interdisciplinary research on representations, place, and ideas about work appears in articles and in her book, Steeltown USA: Work and Memory in Youngstown (Kansas, 2002), co-authored with John Russo. She was the founding president of the Working-Class Studies Association.

  • SoTL Showcase 2010

    September 28 - October 1, 2010

    Tuesday, September 28

    12:00 - 1:00pm in University Hall 3030
    "Creating a "Community of Learning" in the Classroom:
    One Scholars Journey in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"
    Keynote Address by Roberto L. Corrada, J.D.
    Modern Learning Chair and Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

    3:00 - 5:00pm Outside University Hall Suite 3000
    Poster Session: LMU SoTL Posters and Summer Assessment Workshop
    Reception in Marymount Institute Lounge

    Wednesday, September 29

    12:00 - 1:00pm in University Hall 3030
    "The Critical Elements of Effective Collaborative Learning:
    Foundation and Application"
    Workshop led by Roberto Corrada

    Thursday, September 30

    12:15 - 1:15pm in University Hall 3030
    SoTL and the Institution: What is Valued and What is Valuable?
    Roundtable discussion

    Friday, October 1

    12:00 - 1:00pm in Collins Faculty Center
    "Will Dance Movement Analysis + Software = 3D Animation Skills?"
    LMU's Newest Carnegie Scholar, Adriana Jaroszewicz, Assistant Professor of Animation,
    presents her SoTL research at the Friday Faculty Colloquium

  • SoTL Showcase 2009

    September 29 - October 2, 2009

    SoTL Showcase 2009 Flyer

    Tuesday, September 29

    12:15 - 1:15pm in University Hall 3030
    Keynote Address by Dennis Jacobs, Ph.D.
    Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame

    3:00 - 5:00pm Outside University Hall Suite 3000
    Poster Session: LMU SoTL Posters and Summer Assessment Workshop Poster Session with Reception in Marymount Institute Lounge

    Wednesday, September 30

    7:30 - 9:00am in University Hall 3030
    Workshop on Community-based Learning by Dennis Jacobs, Ph.D.
    Continental breakfast at 7:30am followed by workshop at 7:45am

    Thursday, October 1

    12:15 - 1:15pm in University Hall 3030
    LMU Carnegie Scholars Panel Presentation
    Michelle Hammers, Ph.D., Communication Studies
    Michael Lee, S.J., Theological Studies

    Friday, October 2

    12:00 - 1:00pm in University Hall 3030
    Integrating Evidence of Student Learning into the Professional Lives of Faculty
    Roundtable Discussion

  • SoTL Showcase 2008

    September 29 - October 3, 2008

    SoTL Showcase 2008 Flyer

    Keynote Speakers

    Monday, September 29: Encouraging Learning through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

    SoTL Posters 2008

    Tuesday, September 30: 9:30am Drop-in Discussion with our Guest Speakers from Georgetown University: How does the Promotion of Justice Encourage Learning

    Wednesday, October 1: Noon

    "So You Think You Can Design a Core Curriculum?"
    Presentation by the Core Curriculum Committee

    Wednesday, October 1: 3pm – 4:30pm

    Poster Session #2: Creating Significant Learning Experiences - President's Core Curriculum Institute Participants

    Thursday, October 2: 12:15pm

    Panel Presentation: The Carnegie Scholars' Experience from LMU's 2007 and 2008 Carnegie Scholars

    Friday, October 3: Noon

    Beginner's Guide to SoTL

  • SoTL Showcase 2007

    September 25 - 28, 2007

    SoTL Showcase 2007 Flyer

    The Center for Teaching Excellence at Loyola Marymount University will host a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Showcase Week. The showcase is intended to celebrate LMU's SoTL accomplishments, highlight connections to LMU's mission and offer opportunities to explore positive synergies with student outcomes assessment. To date, nine LMU faculty members have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for their contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

    In addition, in recognition of its commitment to institutional action in support of SoTL, LMU has been named the coordinating institution for the CASTL (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Affiliates Program. Along with eight other CASTL Affiliates, including Park University, Purdue University and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, LMU is undertaking activities that provide support and recognition for ongoing inquiry into evidence-based improvement of student learning.

    Tuesday, September 25

    12:15-1:15 PM -- Keynote: Exploring a Vision-driven Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    Dr. David Reichard, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Pre-Law, & Peace Studies, in the Division of Humanities and Communication, Cal State Monterey Bay

    Dr. Reichard was a 2003-4 Carnegie CASTL scholar. His CASTL project, Cultivating Legal Literacy in a Free Speech Class: How Undergraduate Students Develop Deeper Understandings of the Law, examined how undergraduates learn about law in an upper division free speech class. It sought to understand what "deep understanding" of free speech looked like for students, analyzing how they made meaning of "free speech" in comparison to instructor expectations. Students prepared for and reflected on seminar discussions through public weblogs, or blogs, that chronicled their learning process through the semester, providing important evidence of their learning process.

    His research focuses on several areas, including the socio-legal history of 19th and early 20th century territorial New Mexico, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) history in the United States, specifically an emerging research project examining the history of GLBT student activism in California.

    3 to 5:00 PM -- Poster Session #1: LMU Faculty SoTL Projects & Celebration of LMU as the Coordinating Institution of the Carnegie Affiliates Program

    Wednesday, September 26

    12 Noon to 1 PM -- Workshop: SoTL and Assessment – Exploring the Synergies

    3 to 4:30 -- Poster Session #2: Student Outcomes Assessment at LMU

    Thursday, September 27

    12:15-1:15 PM -- Panel Presentation LMU's 4 Newest Carnegie Scholars describe their SoTL work

    • Nina Lozano-Reich, Communication Studies
    • Ed Mosteig, Mathematics
    • Alicia Partnoy, Modern Languages
    • Carolyn Viviano, Natural Science

    Friday, September 28

    Noon to 1 PM – A Learning Community Approach to Curriculum Development at LMU

    Wednesday, October 3, 2007

    Follow-up Event

    12 Noon to 1 PM - Beginners Guide to SoTL