New England Faculty Development Consortium

SOTL Awards

SoTL Award Recipients 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards on hold until 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only altered the teaching and learning environment, it has also presented challenging conditions for a number of our past SoTL award recipients whose research projects were designed to be conducted in classrooms or labs as they were prior to the spring of 2020. To allow time for the backlog of projects to be completed, and for us to assess the program, we are taking a pause for the 2022-23 SoTL cycle. Stay tuned for more information in fall!

The NEFDC SoTL awards are designed to reward high quality projects that will add positively to the teaching and learning literature and provide further empirically derived guidance to faculty who wish to engage in high levels of pedagogical excellence.


2021-2022 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recipients:

Sohee Koo, University of Massachusetts
Starting from Within: Exploring Inevitable Questions of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion through Teaching & Learning in the Arts

Kathrina Prelack, Simmons University
Improving Cultural Awareness and Competency in Diebetic Students Caring for Aging Patients and Individuals with Different Abilities through Stimulation

Kelsey Whipple, University of Massachusetts
Speaking Out Loud: Encouraging and Supporting Diverse Voices in Audio Storytelling Education

2020-2021 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recipients:

Susan Fichera, Nursing Professor, Northern Essex Community College
The Benefit of Teaching Pediatric Growth & Development Principles through the Creative, Hybrid use of Concept Maps and Mind Maps

Shari Gray, Regis College
The Role of Independent Study using Animal Model Research in Preparing Undergraduates in Biology

Bonnie Pepper, Albertus Magnus College
The Campus Community Garden: A Pedagogical Tool for Teaching and Learning

Forrest Bowlick, University of Massachusetts
Introducing Geographic Information Science to Digital Natives

2019 – 2020 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Recipients

The New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) offers Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) awards each Academic Year, the number varying depending on membership. This program extends our commitment to supporting excellence in teaching and learning in New England colleges and universities. The goal of the awards is to help support faculty in the investigation of issues that would improve teaching and student engagement, and to disseminate that information to the larger community. Each award comes with a maximum stipend of up $2,000 for use in the following ways: wages for research assistance, consulting or data-analysis fees, research equipment, supplies, or travel for conducting research.

Applicants must be affiliated with a member institution of the New England Faculty Development Consortium. Evaluation criteria include the viability of the study, its methodological soundness and connection to the literature, the plan for disseminating findings, and the potential impact of the study on the field.

** Ineligible expenses: We cannot pay overhead, indirect costs, or facilities and administrative costs.

Call for proposals will open on January 15th through March 15th, 2023. Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2023.

Call for Proposals