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UW-Eau Claire Receives UW System Grant
To Advance Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

 MAILED:  Aug. 20, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — UW-Eau Claire was notified in early July that the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development has approved a $17,000 grant to fund a 2003-04 initiative at UW-Eau Claire titled “A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Collaborative Initiative.” The grant was made available as part of a larger UW System initiative, “Planning for the Future: Advancing the Practice of Teaching Through Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning.”

Linda Carpenter, professor of communication disorders and the new OPID Council administrative representative and coordinator for the Network for Excellence in Teaching, wrote the grant proposal in consultation with a core group of individuals interested in faculty professional development and SoTL, including Ron Mickel, UW-Eau Claire’s former NET coordinator and administrative representative to the OPID Council; Kathy Finder, interim director of the Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center; Christopher Lind, assistant vice chancellor for research; Don Mowry, director of service learning; Katherine Rhoades, associate dean of education and current Wisconsin Teaching Fellow; and Jason Tetzloff, director of the First Year Experience program. The planning team also consulted with last year’s NET teaching scholars — Patrick Day, Tarique Niazi, Doug Olsen, Wil Taylor, Cecilia Wendler — and with Tony Ciccone from the OPID at UW-Milwaukee. UW-Eau Claire’s Wisconsin Teaching Scholars and Teaching Fellows also contributed at a November 2002 meeting in Madison.

Kate Lang, professor of history and another member of the NET Council, will replace Carpenter as the faculty representative to the OPID Council now that Carpenter has stepped into the positions formerly held by Mickel, recently retired.

The initiative will aim to embed SoTL principles, expectation and activities into existing campus programs, including NET teaching scholars, Technological Innovation for Education (TIE) Fellows, Service-Learning Mini-Grants, First Year Experience Mini-Grants, Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grants and Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grants. Collaborative planning for including SoTL in these programs has already begun and a Web site created during the grant planning phase will continue to disseminate information on the project. It also will feature an interactive discussion to facilitate interaction between project participants.

Other plans for the grant funds include adding to collections in the university library related to SoTL and hosting a SoTL symposium on campus in 2004.

Carpenter said that a call for proposals for FYE and service-learning participants will be announced soon and the NET scholars and TIE Fellows have already been selected for the next academic year. They will begin the fall semester by participating in an instructional design seminar sponsored by NET and the TLTDC and led by UW-Eau Claire’s new instructional designer, Jonathan Paver, on Aug. 26.

For more information, contact Carpenter at NET, now located in the TLTDC. Call 836-2298, or e-mail carpenlj@uwec.edu.

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Updated: August 20, 2003