Teaching, Learning
and Assessment Center (TLAC)

Contact Info
Wayne Hall 304
West Chester, PA 19383
Tel: 610-436-3518
Fax: 610-436-3483



Scholarship of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (SoTLA) Initiative

The scholarship of teaching, learning, and assessment (SoTLA) is a form of scholarship that makes our work as faculty in these three areas public and available to the wider teaching community for our mutual continued learning. This scholarship focuses on student learning and involves using evidence of student learning to improve the scholar's teaching and the assessment of student learning.  In an effort to promote this type of scholarship on campus the Office of the Associate Provost and the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center have begun an initiative to support and promote faculty in their scholarly agenda within these areas. 

Specifically, this initiative invites faculty members to apply for professional development funds to cover portions of travel costs (capped at $400.00) for presentations at professional peer-reviewed conferences focused on teaching, learning, and assessment.  A list of conferences on these areas can be found on the conferences link below.  Other conferences, not listed on the site but that have a specific focus within these areas may also be acceptable. 

Interested faculty members should contact Scott Heinerichs. The deadline for fall applications is December 1, 2016, however applications can be received throughout the semester.  After the deadline, we will continue to review applications on a rolling basis while funds remain.  (Application may be made in anticipation of acceptance, but funding will only be approved provisionally, pending acceptance of proposal).   

Faculty who receive initiative funds will be required to have their presentation materials published on the TLA Center website and to make a presentation to our university community at a future workshop sponsored by the Committee for Excellence in Learning and Teaching or the Assessment Advisory Committee.

If you have questions regarding this initiative, please contact Scott Heinerichs, Faculty Associate for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, at (610) 436-3518 or sheinerichs@wcupa.edu