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Spring Semester Meetings

Faculty Academy on Teaching First-Year Students - Spring 2019

'Fostering a culture of inquiry about student learning'

Undertaking both traditional research and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is not easy. Faculty involved in traditional disciplinary research bring important and different perspectives to SoTL. 

A Worthy Endeavor Tomorrow's Teaching and Learning 1660.  
Students working together

"SoTL work redirects our attention from whether or not students are learning topics to understanding the reasons why students have difficulty learning those topics. Consequently, SoTL gives us greater insights into teaching and learning, which moves us toward the ultimate goal of improving student learning." 

The Faculty Academy on Teaching First-Year Students offers monthly learning opportunities through seminars as well as consultations throughout the academic year. This community of practice is open to new and returning, senior, and junior faculty teaching first-year students at UC Merced.

► During the Spring semester, seminars will address the following topics to engage faculty in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The meetings will be offered in collaboration with the library and the IRB office staff members.
During the spring meetings, participants will:
  • Identify and develop a classroom-based topic of interest
  • Craft research questions to explore that topic
  • Determine type(s) of data needed
  • Determine appropriate methods and analysis
  • Collect data, analyze data, write up results and conclusions
Give us a try! We will help you carry out your educational research faster with less stress and strain. Equally important, you will come away with resources that you can use in your teaching portfolios.

Questions? Ideas? Please contact

Adriana Signorini at
Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning,
Educational Assessment Unit
AOA 111| 209 228 4766

James Zimmerman at
Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning,
Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
AOA 113| 209 228 4761