Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Cohort Program

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2018-2019 SoTL Cohort

Since June 2018, fourteen U of T continuing appointment faculty have been working in a Cohort on individual SoTL projects with the core goal to enhance student learning at our institution. During the year-long program, participants have been supported by CTSI facilitators, U of T collaborators, and peer participants, building their skills in designing and implementing a research project that is situated in course experiences. Each participant will present their project as a Poster at the May 28th 2019 University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium. This culminating activity will showcase their commitment to systematically exploring a teaching inquiry that has sparked their interest and passion.

Click on a name below to learn more about individual Research Profiles highlighting participants’ research processes to date:

Aarthi Ashok, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough
Danielle Bentley, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Division of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine
Chris Bouwmeester, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering
Jessica D’eon, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Chemistry, Faculty of Arts & Science
Mary Ann Fegan, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Toula Kourgiantakis, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Vivienne Luk, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Forensic Science, University of Toronto Mississauga
Sarah Mayes-Tang, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Mathematics, Faculty of Arts & Science
Molly Metz, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Psychology, Faculty of Arts & Science
Anne Simmonds, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Laura Taylor, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, English as an Additional Language (EAL) Specialist, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga
Chirag Variawa, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Director, First-year Curriculum, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering
Bethany White, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Statistical Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Science
Suzanne Wood, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Psychology, Faculty of Arts & Science

Please email if you would like to contact any of the Cohort faculty participants to learn more about their SoTL research.

Information on the Program

PLEASE NOTE: the submission and selection period for the 2018-2019 cohort are closed.

Have you tried new teaching strategies in your class and wondered how they contributed to your students’ learning experiences? Have you designed a new assessment approach that you think would be meaningful in other courses? Or wondered about the impact of a class activity on students’ understanding of the course material? Have you ever thought about sharing your teaching ideas/experiences with other members of the University of Toronto community?

These questions indicate a reflective and scholarly approach to one’s teaching and are a part of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), defined as, “the systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations, performance, or publications” (McKinney, 2006: 39). Sharing amongst a community of teacher-scholars is a key aspect of SoTL and an important goal of CTSI programming.

CTSI is currently welcoming applicants to join a SoTL Cohort Program that will run from June 2018 to May 2019. During the program, participants will develop their own SoTL project from inception through to publicly sharing their inquiry/research experience at the annual Spring University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium. Supported by CTSI facilitators, U of T collaborators, and peer participants, faculty will work through the steps of the research process, using an example drawn from a question(s) they have from their course experiences. Through participating in this program, faculty will develop and/or further enhance their skills in research, leadership, improving their teaching, documenting this process, and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty.

This Program is open to continuing status faculty members with various SoTL experience levels who will work in a supported, cohort-based peer program to conduct inquiry/research in their teaching.

Eligibility to participate:

  • Teaching a Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 course that will serve as the site of inquiry/research
  • Faculty members with continuing appointments
  • Attend the June 14, 2018 full-day Introductory SoTL Cohort Workshop at CTSI
  • Commitment over the program to the following:
    • attend the October 24, 2018 SoTL Cohort Work-in-Progress Workshop (morning)
    • engage in at least one SoTL Consultation meeting with a CTSI staff member
    • participate as a member of the SoTL Cohort Program panel at the Spring 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium
    • provide feedback to CTSI on the SoTL Cohort Program experience
    • attend at least three out of six CTSI workshops (each 1-2 hours length) in the SoTL 2018-19 Series.


A Letter of Completion will be provided.

Applications Due: May 28

Notification of Acceptance: May 31, 2018

Deadline to submit and confirm registration: June 6, 2018


Further details on the application process are below. For questions on the SoTL Cohort Program please contact: