Lyman Briggs SUTL Fellows

Graduate students selected for this full‐year (12 month) program will work with an LBC faculty member on a new or existing disciplinary‐based education research (DBER), scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), or action research project. We envision DBER/SoTL/action research topics broadly, including developing and assessing various curricular interventions, assessing student learning and the factors that affect such learning, and evaluating the success of classroom innovations. For additional information on these different areas of research, please see http://scimath.unl.edu/dber/

SUTL research topics may include developing and assessing various curricular interventions such as inquiry-based labs, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, science ethics, teaching with case studies, and efforts to increase the retention and success of a diverse STEM population. LBC faculty are involved in a variety of funded education projects (e.g., Avida‐ED, Evo‐Ed, S‐STEM Fellows, AAU Gateway Fellows, INQUIRE, Scientific Virtues Project). Each SUTL Fellow will work closely with their LBC faculty mentor to contribute to an existing DBER/SoTL/action research project, and will be encouraged and supported to disseminate project results via peer reviewed journals, conferences, and pedagogy‐related websites. 

In addition to the mentored DBER/SoTL/action research project, Fellows will participate in bi‐weekly activities with other fellowship recipients. These activities will include: (1) sharing in‐progress SUTL research with other Fellows; (2) meeting faculty members, outside speakers, and other students to discuss topics related to undergraduate education; (3) participating in professional development activities and workshops. Professional development activities will complement those offered by the Certification in College Teaching Program and the CIRTL project and will focus on topics such as active learning and inquiry-based pedagogy, interdisciplinary education, fostering a climate of inclusivity, responsible conduct of education research, formative and summative assessments, and strategies for success on the academic job market. Fellows are expected to complete pre‐ and post‐program assessments. Each SUTL Fellow will receive $5000 to help support project expenses and/or travel to a conference to disseminate findings. Selected Fellows may apply for a second year in the program.

The call for future applications comes out in spring each year.


SUTL fellows and mentors