Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL Canada)

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) has at its core the goal of improving student learning. This is achieved through scholarly inquiry about learning, about teaching, and about how to best make public the resulting findings. In this way, SoTL shares the goals of STLHE, but at a time when STLHE is moving away from having a dedicated SoTL portfolio, this SIG will provide a targeted opportunity for SoTL scholars to form a community to share findings and challenge, engage in opportunities for broader dissemination of SoTL work, and consider ways to catalyze SoTL initiatives at the institutional, regional, national, and international levels. The name “SoTL Canada” arose organically from the discussions held thus far



Please visit the SoTL Canada web resource here.


Goals and Sub-Committees of SoTL Canada

  • Engage in a community of practice of SoTL scholars for the purpose of shared resources, research, and problem-solving regarding SoTL issues and questions.  
  • Create and contribute to multiple approaches to the dissemination of scholarship about teaching and learning in higher education.
  • Collaborate on effective approaches to building a SoTL culture at institutional, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Serve as a resource and mentoring body for those seeking SoTL information and support.
  • To advocate at all levels, based on the above, for the importance and value of SoTL in enhancing post-secondary student learning.

Leadership Structure

SoTL Canada will operate on a peer leadership model, with members encouraged to join a committee and contribute to its goal. In addition, for ease of public representation, the Founding Members of the SIG shall elect from amongst themselves the following (each for a 2 year term, renewal once):

  • Chair (to provide overall guidance and to speak on behalf of the membership)
  • Past-Chair (to provide support and continuity for the Chair)
  • Vice-Chair (to support the Chair and stand in when the Chair is unavailable)
  • Secretary (to maintain minutes of meetings and records of membership and initiatives and to update the STLHE website as needed
  • Treasurer (to provide reports on any SIG income and disbursements; none anticipated at this time)

At least one of the above is to be a student member. 


Membership in SoTL Canada is open to members-in-good-standing of STLHE who are involved in SoTL in the post-secondary context and who support the goals of the SIG. Members may include faculty, staff, administrators, and students. 


SoTL Canada will primarily communicate by email (through a created listserv of its members) and will make public its key messages through the STLHE listserv and other dissemination methods. The SIG will meet annually at the STLHE conference, and will liaise electronically in between conferences. Please contact Janice Miller-Young to be added to the list.



Dr. Janice Miller-Young