The CFE is expanding its support for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL represents a systematic, evidence-based approach to improving teaching and learning. With proper planning, UNC faculty members who are taking steps to improve student learning can collect data to help gauge the effectiveness of the changes they are making. In addition to providing useful feedback on teaching methods, such findings are also being used as a foundation for published articles, conference presentations, and to help bolster professional vitae.

The CFE already offers small grants to pay for data analysis support, to partially compensate instructor time working on SoTL publications, or to help pay for conference registration and travel where an instructor is presenting a SoTL poster or paper. Whether you are new to the scholarship of teaching and learning or a long-time practitioner, we hope you will take advantage of the SoTL support resources throughout the academic year.


Spring 2018 Program

We are available to talk to faculty members about any aspect of their teaching scholarship interests. Contact Steve Buzinski at to schedule a time to meet.

The CFE is interested in creating a physical and intellectual space for the discussion and production of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Thus, this semester we are introducing the CFE SoTL Open Laboratory Consortium.

SoTL Open Lab Consortium: The “open laboratory consortium” initiative is intended to bring together faculty members who want to discuss and advance their teaching-related research without the formal commitment of a faculty learning community. The informal sessions will provide the time, space, and peer-community necessary to develop research ideas as well as materials and procedures. If you plan to attend, please bring both your ideas and your laptop computer – we will be working! And, of course, the CFE will provide the light refreshments and ample amounts of coffee necessary for productive academic work.

Friday, March 23, 9am-10:30am Register
Wednesday, April 18, 3pm-4:30pm Register

Already have a project in mind?

Use the links provided to get started navigating SoTL literature.

Click here for a list of discipline-general SoTL Journals (e.g. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)

Click here for a list of disciplinary teaching-focused Journals (e.g. Teaching and Psychology)



Use the links provided to get started with your SoTL Project.

Click here to read the article that many people credit with initiating the modern SoTL movement.

Click here for a non-refereed but informative essay on the conceptualization of SoTL.

Click here to watch a Youtube video of SoTL scholars making specific recommendations for SoTL readings.

Finally, click here to visit Vanderbilt University’s in-depth catalogue of free SoTL support guides.

Tar Heel SoTL

  • Balaban, R., Gilleskie, D.B & Uyen Tran (2016). A quantitative evaluation of the flipped classroom in a large lecture principles of economics course. The Journal of Economic Education, 47:4, 269-287.
  • Full paper available at DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2016.1213679


  • Buzinski, S. G., Cohen, M., Day, A., & Armstrong-Carter, E. L. (2018, March). “Just talk to your neighbor”: How our socially anxious students perceive active learning classrooms. Presented to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Preconference at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Full presentation slides available here
  • DeFays, H. and Henshaw, B. (2013). Course Correspondents: Bridging continents and connecting students. Presented at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Full Poster available here