Faculty Scholars Program

This program provides an opportunity for deep inquiry into the intersection between your students’ learning experience, the fundamental concepts and assumptions of your discipline, and the body of scholarly work that is relevant to your teaching practice. You will be part of a cohort that meets every other week to reflect, discuss, and receive feedback on your ideas for improving your teaching and your students’ learning.

You will also develop a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, which is an inquiry-driven, evidence-based investigation related to your students’ learning. This project could be a close examination of a specific aspect of student learning in your course (what is), a structured investigation of a particular teaching approach (what works), or experimentation with new methods (what could be).

Program Benefits

  • Join a growing community of Northeastern educators engaged in scholarly inquiry of teaching and learning.
  • Receive mentorship and have an opportunity to become a mentor to other educators.
  • Conduct research within your own teaching that can be shared through scholarly conferences and publications.


  • Attend Scholars meetings during the academic year (90 minutes, every other week).
  • Carefully read and discuss seminal publications related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Keep an electronic portfolio of reflections and works-in-progress (private within the Scholars group), and provide feedback on the work of your Scholar colleagues.
  • Conduct a systematic, evidence-based SoTL study of your students’ learning in the Summer or Fall terms of 2020.
  • Participate in CATLR-sponsored events to share your insights with others at Northeastern.
  • At the end of your Scholars experience, author a short essay that shares your work publicly with the Northeastern community.
  • After completing the program, be willing to mentor other faculty who are interested in learning about SoTL and conducting their own SoTL projects.

The program is open to all full-time faculty. Scholars will receive a stipend of $1,000 per person for full participation in the program.

To Apply: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Faculty Scholars Cohort.

NOTE: Space is extremely limited. Most people accepted into the Scholars program are past Teaching Inquiry Fellows. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose area of inquiry reflects Northeastern’s dedication to integrated, experiential learning, such as SAIL.

Scholars Application Form Link (Opens in New Tab)

The form will request the following information. Essay portions of the application have a 250-word limit.

  1. A teaching statement that discusses areas in which you hope to grow as educator.
  2. What do you think you would bring to, and how would you benefit from, the Scholars community of practice?
  3. What are three challenges or puzzlements you encounter regularly in regard to your students’ learning?  In what ways are these challenges directly related to your discipline or domain?  In what way are these challenges inherent in learning across domains?
  4. What evidence of student learning do you currently gather in relation to these challenges? What does that evidence look like, what do you do with it, and what does it tell you? What kinds of richer, deeper evidence would you like to gather?
  5. A description of the course in which you will do your SoTL study, with confirmation that the course will run in Summer or Fall 2020.
  6. Your CV and a letter of support from your department chair or supervisor.

If you have additional questions, please contact Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Faculty Scholars Program Lead, at g.matthews-denatale@northeastern.edu.

NOTE: For most faculty, involvement in scholarly teaching began long before their application to the Faculty Scholars program.  For example, they attended inquiry groups and workshops offered by the CATLR. Many also participated in the Teaching Inquiry Fellows Program prior to applying to become a Scholar, a sequence which CATLR recommends. Teaching Inquiry Fellows is a year-long cohort program in which participants draw upon learning science research to integrate or strengthen their evidence-based teaching practices.

2017-18 Faculty Scholar Essays

Click the tiles below to view essays authored by Faculty Scholars about their work and experience in the program.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 cohort Faculty Scholars are no longer being accepted.

Please contact Dr. Gail Matthews-DeNatale for more information.

Congratulations to our 2018-19 Faculty Scholars

Alessandra Di Credico, Ph.D.

Mary Lynn Fahey, DNP

Kelly Garneau, Ph.D.

David Hagen, J.D.
Criminal Justice,
Intelligence, and
Homeland Security

Andrew Mackie, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant Program

Desislava Raytcheva, Ph.D.

Katy Shorey, Ph.D.
Philosophy and Religion

Mark Sivak, Ph.D.
Art + Design and Engineering

Michelle Laboy, MUP, M.Arch.

Laurie Nardone, Ph.D.