Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Information about Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at WashU.

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Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier

Director of Educational Development


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a field of study dedicated to systematic and reflective inquiry of the effects of one’s teaching practices on student learning. SoTL incorporates knowledge from educational and cognitive psychology research, and it leads to the dissemination of new knowledge. SoTL encourages faculty, graduate students, and postdocs to use their expertise as disciplinary scholars in their approaches to teaching. SoTL scholars explore and examine novel teaching strategies to continue the goal of improving student learning through focused inquiry, exploration of research, deliberate planning and implementation, and examination of collected data.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to supporting graduate students and postdocs from any discipline who are interested in learning more about the field of SoTL and gaining experience in designing and implementing a SoTL project. Interested graduate students and postdocs can take the Introduction to SoTL Seminar that is taught by Teaching Center staff every Spring semester. This seminar introduces students to the field of SoTL through class discussions of SoTL literature and development of a SoTL project proposal. Students who take the Introduction to SoTL seminar are able to work closely with Teaching Center staff to further develop, implement, and analyze their SoTL projects. If you are interested in either of these opportunities please contact Julia Johnson at to learn more.