Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Retreat

May 16-17, 2012

CETL is pleased to announce its first SoTL retreat during May 16-17 at the Lake Allatoona Inn in Cartersville, GA.


Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.


  • Do you have in mind an interesting SoTL project?
  • Have you been thinking about it but don't know how to get started?
  • Do you need guidance conceptualizing the project?
  • Could you use some feedback on the research design?
  • Do you need guidance with the IRB process?
  • Are you trying to make sense of your data, quantitative and/or qualitative?
  • Do you want to learn about theoretical lenses to interpret the results?
  • Have you run an interesting SoTL project?
  • Did you maybe present it at conferences where it was well received?
  • Would you like to write it up for publication but can never find the time to do so?
  • Could you use some professional development funds?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, the SoTL retreat is for you. Dr. Tom Pusateri, CETL Associate Director for SoTL, and Dr. Michele DiPietro, CETL Executive Director, will support 5-6 faculty members in thinking through getting started or moving forward with their SoTL research.


The Lake Allatoona Inn ( is located 20 minutes away from KSU in a peaceful setting conducive to concentration and efficient work. Free from committee meetings, email, and other campus distractions, and under the guidance of the retreat facilitators, your productivity will be greatly enhanced. We will gather there Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 from 8am to 5pm on both days (8:00 breakfast, start promptly at 8:30, lunch provided). The retreat will include an overview of SoTL research and resources, sharing opportunities where participants share their ideas and the status of their project and receive feedback by the group, individual work time, and/or consultation with the CETL staff. The final agenda will depend on the participants and the status of their projects. Projects at any stage of conceptualization or execution are welcome at the retreat.


Any KSU faculty.


Must be able to get to the Inn and attend both days from start to finish.


Faculty Funds:
Each retreat participant will receive $500 toward their summer salary after completing the retreat. Faculty funds are subject to all state funding requirements. Please consult with your chair to verify you can receive this summer pay before applying.


Funding is competitive and proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Value of the SoTL project
  • Feasibility of the project

Application Materials:

  • A cover page that includes the applicant's name and department, and title of the paper/project
  • A letter of application describing the current status of the applicant's SoTL project addressing the following points:
    • Description your project (e.g., your questions concerning student learning and the teaching practices that affect student learning) (Recommended length: 100 to 200 words)
    • Description of your current progress on the project (e.g., Is this a follow-up to previous work you have done? Are you just beginning to conceptualize your project? Have you conducted any literature review or consulted with others? Have you collected any data/evidence? Have you presented or written anything? Are you beginning to write?) (Recommended length: 25 to 75 words)
    • Describe the challenges you are currently facing in completing this project and what you hope to accomplish as a participant in this workshop (Recommended length: 50 to 150 words)
  • A current copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.

Selection Announcement: Friday, April 20, 2012. Please submit your application materials directly to Dr. Tom Pusateri


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