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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.17a - The contribution of community college faculty to the SoTL literature

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All sectors of higher education encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Yet the motivation for doing such work may diverge across different types of postsecondary institutions (Hardé, 2012). Mainly in community colleges, as in many institutes and polytechnics, the principal objective of teaching-related research activities is to improve student learning by enhancing instructional practices, with little incentive to publish research findings (Hoekstra, et. al., 2010). By comparison, publication is an important endpoint in most university settings.

As increased support for research within the community college sector develops, the tendency to measure SoTL impact in the university way – in publications – is emerging. Yet too little is known about the existing teaching-related research among college-sector faculty (Tinsberg et. al, 2010; Braxton and Lyken-Segosebe, 2015). Our research addresses this gap by examining community college faculty’s contribution to SoTL. We recorded the frequency of community college employees’ publications, from 2011-2015, in journals dedicated to the scholarly investigation of instructional activities. In this presentation we will discuss our results, including what they reveal about teaching practices and development in the college sector and the implications for colleges hoping to better integrate teaching-focused research and publication into their operational missions.


Braxton, J. M., & Lyken‐Segosebe, D. (2015). Community College Faculty Engagement in Boyer's Domains of Scholarship. New Directions for Community Colleges, 171(fall), 7-14.

Hardé, P. (2012). Community College Motivation for Basic Research, Teaching Research, and Professional Development. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36, 539-561.

Hoekstra, A., W. Dushenko, and E. Frandsen. (2010). ‘Fostering a Culture of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at a Polytechnic Institution.’ Transformative Dialogues, 4(1), 1-11.

Tinsberg, H., D. Killian Duffy, and J. Mino. (2010). ‘The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the Two-Year College: Promise and Peril.’ Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 39(4), 26-33.

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Jen Wrye

I'm a Sociology instructor and co-chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee at North Island College. My interests include student engagement, assessment, community college research. Connect on twitter @foodsociologist.

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William McConnell

Bill McConnell is a Psychology instructor at North Island College and a Registered Psychologist. He writes and presents on student research and motivation.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
Weldon Library 120 (Teaching Support Centre) Western University