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Three projects by AUB faculty receive Scholarship of Teaching and Learning grants

​​​​Sally Abou Melhem, Office of Communications,​​ ​

The Center for Teaching and Learning​​ (CTL) at AUB invites proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grants program annually. These grants are offered to support faculty members' projects which examine and reflect upon the teaching and learning practices in specific disciplines, and which use research methods and make the results known to the campus community and beyond. CTL encourages proposals that focus on creativity and innovation in teaching with technology and the use of new instructional technologies and tools that have the potential to impact student learning.

Three project proposals by AUB faculty members were selected to receive the SOTL grants for the academic year 2021-2022. The first selected project by Associate Professor at ​Faculty of Arts and Sciences Amy A. Zenger tackles fostering knowledge and exchange about writing in the disciplines.

“Receiving the grant validated the scope of our project, which aims to promote conversation about teaching across the university," explained Associate Professor Zenger. “Our research has been enormously rewarding. Without the support of the grant, it would have been very hard for us to carry it out.  SOTL grants truly raise the quality of our attention to teaching."

The second selected project is by Professor Ramzi Sabra, assistant dean for undergraduate medical education and chairperson at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Faculty of Medicine​. The project works on reconceptualizing medical education in the post-COVID era.

The third project that was selected to receive the grant is by Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology at the Faculty of Medicine Lama Charafeddine. It is titled “Traditional Face-To-Face versus Online Debriefing in the Simulation Sessions of the Helping Babies Breathe Course: A Randomized Controlled Trial."

Assistant Professor at the Hariri School of Nursing Angela Massouh, a previous recipient of the SOTL grant, said, “I see these grants as a means to advance teaching and learning practices at AUB through discipline-based inquiry."

“This grant invites faculty from diverse disciplines to explore questions in their own teaching, especially in their students' learning," she added. “This then allows sharing these diverse teaching practices among faculty members in their academic disciplines and beyond. Sharing these findings with colleagues can help build on new insights."

The selection process of the grant recipients includes a review of all proposals by two faculty members based on a rubric that is provided to the reviewers. The reviewers are also asked to fill out an evaluation form. Proposals are also sent to a third reviewer in case there was a discrepancy between the two reviewers. The scores provided by the reviewers are averaged and the three proposals that receive the highest averages are funded.

For more information about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, please follow this link

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