James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award
One of the goals of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is to promote faculty inquiry and scholarly research on teaching and learning. In 2006, the Center established the James H. Korn Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, in recognition of Dr. Korn's many contributions to research on teaching and learning. Professor emeritus in Psychology, Dr. Korn was deeply committed to scholarly teaching; he was also a member of the faculty committee that first established the Center in 1997.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves asking questions about student learning and teaching activities; answering those questions by assessing student learning and effectiveness of teaching strategies; and publicly sharing results of this inquiry in a setting that invites peer review.
Examples of SoTL research include:
- Implementation of a new teaching strategy and documenting its effectiveness;
- Documentation of development and implementation of an interdisciplinary teaching approach;
- Research on teacher performance, e.g. research on the effect of videotaping on teacher performance;
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of a new teaching approach in a course or curriculum, e.g. evaluation of the use of collaborative writing in a composition course;
- Research on effectiveness of integrating service learning or technology into a course.
An Award ceremony is held during the fall semester as the culmination of the annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium; recipient(s) receive their award at that time, as well as present briefly on the award-winning research.
The following criteria are applied in the selection of the James H. Korn Award recipient(s):
- Nominees must be current, full-time faculty members at Saint Louis University. Note: a team of individuals or a department may be nominated as long as at least one member of team is currently a full-time faculty member at SLU.
- Nominees have conducted formal research on teaching and student learning.(Formal projects generally follow a basic question, intervention, results/assessment model)
- Results of this research were disseminated to peers through means such as publication, conference presentation or poster session, invited presentation, departmental or school symposium.
- Nominees must be willing to present the research results at the Award ceremony.
Please note: Previous recipients of this award are ineligible to be awarded a second time.
The Call for Nominations typically is issued each spring. Nominations can be self-submitted or submitted by others knowledgeable of the nominees' work. Recipient(s) are selected through a peer review process, led by SLU faculty.
To Nominate Yourself or a Colleague:
Please email or mail the following information to Dr. Gina Merys (firstname.lastname@example.org), Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, 2nd Floor, Pius Library. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 23, 2014.
1. Name(s), contact information, and brief CV (including a brief list of pertinent scholarly work) of person(s) nominated for the award. Please include email address and academic department.
2. Representative examples (no more than five) of the nominee's research/scholarship on teaching and learning (e.g. published articles, conference presentations). Please do not include PowerPoint slides.
3. Name and contact information of the person making the nomination.
The awardee(s) will be honored at a ceremony concluding the Reinert Center's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium on Friday, October 17, 2014.
Previous Award Winners
2006 - James Korn
2007 - Jay Hammond
2008 - Mary Rose Grant, Michael Goldwasser, David Letscher
2009 - Janet Kuebli
2010 - Paul Lynch and Janice McIntire-Strasburg
2011 - Lee SmithBattle, Patricia Freed, Sheila Leander, Dorcas McLaughlin, Nina Westhus
2012 - Kara McBride
2013 - Irma Ruebling, Rebecca Banks, Judy Carlson, Ginge Kettenbach, Kathy Kienstra, Mary Kreiger, David Pole, and Nina Westhus