Pedagogical research has been a well established field of inquiry in many academic disciplines and educational settings. Understanding how students learn in the context of a changing technological and socio-political landscape can help us better inform our teaching methods and learning goals for today’s classrooms.
Research at the CTL
In an effort to reflect upon and improve our services, we regularly survey faculty and students, and conduct self-evaluation of ongoing initiatives. We share the results of these surveys and self-studies below for the academic community to engage with and build upon.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the CTL
In the past the CTL has supported a year-long SoTL Research and Writing group, a Qualitative Research Roundtable, a Digital Scholarship Seminar & Working Group, and more. Many times these projects are faculty-driven and developed in collaboration with the CTL. If you have an idea for a SoTL project, please feel free to get in touch with CTL Director, Allison Lehr Samuels.
What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the systematic, evidence-based study of classroom practices or curricular initiatives and their impact, along with the public sharing and review of such work through presentation or publication.
The research developed through SoTL-based inquiry can be used for the following:
- Advance classroom practice within and beyond a discipline
- Develop new assignment sequences, courses, and programs
- Improve our understanding of complex learning processes and their social and ethical dimensions.
Empowering Student Researchers
Conducting research is rewarding for students, because it gets them excited about a topic they are interested in, it empowers them to become creative knowledge producers equipped with expertise in a topic, and it imparts many skills, preparing them for graduate work and professional careers. Student work with research is showcased at two annual Baruch events: the Creative Inquiry Expo and the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR). The resources in this section were compiled by Katherine Pence, Provost Innovation Fellow for Cross-College and Undergraduate Research.
In the workshop series displayed below, faculty from across the three schools at Baruch share assignments they have used with undergrads to engage them with various kinds of research activities.
Opportunities for students to present their research at Baruch
Presenting research is a valuable experience for undergraduates no matter what career path they choose after college. Below are events at which Baruch students have been able to hone their presentation skills.
The Research & Creative Inquiry Expo celebrates the strength and diversity of undergraduate research and artistic expression at Baruch College. Expanded from a single day, this spirited celebration of intellectual engagement and collegiality provides an invaluable opportunity for our students to participate in a community of ideas, articulate the exigency of their research in the world beyond the classroom, broaden their scholarly, professional, and personal communication skills, take risks, and have fun. At this event, undergraduates present their work as posters and oral presentations online and in person. All fields are welcome to apply.
The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual, two-day academic conference that showcases the best in undergraduate research from around the world through our network of participating institutions. ICUR challenges undergraduate students to rethink their work from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. Students present work in 10-minute oral presentations on panels with students from universities around the world linked through video-conferencing technology and the ICUR App.
Research at Baruch & CUNY
Both pedagogical research and SoTL are thriving fields of inquiry and practice at Baruch College and across CUNY. Explore a few of these resources and initiatives below. For more general inquiries on funding for research activities, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs And Research (SPAR) which facilitates and enhances the acquisition of external funding by Baruch faculty, staff, and administrators to support the College’s missions of research, teaching, and public service.
The Zicklin Online Learning and Evaluation initiative (ZOLE), led by Professor Ted Joyce, supports Zicklin faculty interested in the research of teaching and learning. Since 2013, this initiative has published research in top economic field journals evaluating online and hybrid formats. Explore this archived repository of ZOLE’s analyses from randomized experiments, evaluations of student performance, and observational studies.
The Provost’s office holds an annual faculty research symposium to showcase emerging research and findings from Baruch faculty. This year, the Office of the Provost invites faculty in all fields and departments across Baruch to apply to present their own research in an in-person PechaKucha Event on Friday, March 24, 2023 as part of the Cross-College Faculty Research Symposium!
SoTL@CUNY is part of the CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy. They hold an annual conference, sponsor a fellowship program to help faculty in developing a SoTL project for publication, and distribute CUNY SoTL publications through their platform. Check out their site and review their resources if you’re thinking of launching your own SoTL project.