February 2011
Gintaras Duda, Ph.D.
By Gintaras Duda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

As senior faculty associate of Creighton University's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) program, I encourage you to participate in the upcoming CASTL Institute, to be held again at Creighton.

Here's what some Creighton faculty and students have said about their experiences as CASTL Scholars:

"CASTL was a great learning experience. It was extremely exciting and interesting to see people from a wide range of disciplines helping each other with research projects." -- Katherine Garrett, undergraduate physics student

"The CASTL Institute ... allowed me to explore my thoughts and ideas in a community that wanted me to grow. This experience pushed me to think beyond my own experience and push the boundaries of my inquiry." -- Joy Doll, assistant professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

"My experience ... was very helpful in advancing my scholarly research trajectory. I have been working with other professors at Creighton on a SoTL project, which I think will advance our understanding of best practices in online teaching and learning." -- Fr. Tom Simonds, S.J., assistant professor of education

"As a CASTL scholar ... I gained invaluable feedback from my mentor, and CASTL participants, on the development and refinement of my SoTL questions. I highly suggest CASTL as a exciting venue to enrich your teaching and learning!" -- Kathleen Flecky, OTD, OTR/L

castl 2011: call for scholars
The 2011 Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Institute will be held at Creighton June 1-4. The theme of this year's event is Transformational Learning: Engaging Education in a Global World.

The deadline for proposals from scholars has been extended to Monday, Feb. 14. No more than 28 proposals will be accepted for mentoring/presentation, but all forms of SoTL research and disciplinary foci are welcome. Scholars' proposals need not address the institute theme; rather, they must answer five questions regarding their SoTL project. Find complete application details here.

For more information, contact castl@creighton.edu.
upcoming awards, workshops
seeking scholarly articles
Magna Publications and The Teaching Professor will recognize an exemplary scholarly article on teaching and learning at the 2011 Teaching Professor Conference, May 20-22, in Atlanta, Ga. The award includes a $1,000 stipend. The submission deadline is Feb. 14.  Articles should be submitted through Creighton's Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA). Contact Mary Ann Danielson or Michele King for details. Find more information on the award here.
Luncheon series
This spring, the AEA office is offering a rich and varied assortment of workshops for faculty who are interested in SoTL (from beginners to veterans). Courses will focus on four areas: Problem-Based Learning in Your Classroom, Distance Education, Reflective Practice, and Generational Learning Styles. Register online or e-mail Michelle Pope.
Ask an expert
Have you heard about SoTL work and have an issue you'd like to explore in your classroom but don't know where to start? Contact Naser Alsharif (pharmacy) or Gintaras Duda (physics), who have been running a year-long workshop on building, implementing, and publishing SoTL projects. Both are happy to meet one-on-one with faculty.