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The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

In the late twentieth century, Ernest L. Boyer (who had served as former Chancellor of the State University of New York, as United States Commissioner of Education and as President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) offered a categorization of scholarship that faithfully guides the Academy, to this day. Mercy College embraces the Boyer model, acknowledging the value of all four categories of scholarship and the dynamic inter-relationship that exists among these “intellectual functions:"

  • Scholarship of discovery
  • Scholarship of integration
  • Scholarship of application
  • Scholarship of teaching (and learning)

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching offers the following definition:

  • SoTL is comprised of “problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, com-communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review” (Cambridge, 2001).

Since the 1990s, SoTL has flourished into a vibrant international movement with affiliated professional societies to nurture and grow research and reflection using cross-disciplinary methodologies. Mercy College is proud to have our faculty and staff members contribute to this critical and growing field.