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Thursday, June 23 • 10:30 - 11:20
CON05.19 - Squeezing Apples To Get Orange Juice? (Re)Defining Scholarship, Research, and Dissemination for Teaching Faculty and ‘Others’

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We recognize huge individual differences in our students, then assess them all the same way – shame on us (makes many of us cringe). We do the same when we assess teaching faculty members’ scholarly activity by applying the same metric designed for research faculty (cringe). Recognizing the diversity of activities and contributions that ‘are’ scholarly will empower all faculty and others providing support for student learning, including educational developers and support staff. Such recognition would model for our students and colleagues that there are multiple ways to be successful and that academe is a more equitable community than sometimes seems the case when a ‘one size fits all’ assessment approach is used for ‘progress through the ranks’ (PTR) decisions. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to use the Tri-Council definition of research (Tri-Council, Abbott et al., 2008) and Shulman’s (1999) definition of scholarship to argue that neither one restricts forms of dissemination to only peer-reviewed publications, yet SoTL seems to have adopted this simplistic metric (and not very successfully as only 36% of SoTL activity results in peer-reviewed publications – Poole & Simmons, 2013). Together we will examine how broader definitions and interpretations of both research and scholarship will be more inclusive of the diverse development activities that matter, not only in the classroom, but also when they are used as evidence of scholarly activity for PTR decisions. Recognizing that definition changes will only matter if they become enshrined in policy (or at least used to set a president), participants will generate some arguments for making the valuable work we do as teachers/developers ‘count’ when existing policies are inadequate or silent.


Russell Day

Teaching Professor, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Russell Day is a Teaching Professor in Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University. In addition to teaching large Intro Psyc courses, he is involved in a variety of educational development activities, primarily with the Instructional Skills Workshop... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 10:30 - 11:20 EDT
Mustang Lounge (UCC) Western University