Graduate student development through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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Laura N. Schram
Michelle G. Allendoerfer


The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) can be a valuable tool in preparing graduate students as future faculty. Yet, graduate students are often warned that the academic job market does not value SoTL research. We present results of a survey of current and former graduate students who conducted SoTL research. Respondents overwhelmingly perceived positive reactions to their SoTL work while on the academic job market, and reported that SoTL played an important role in their professional development. These findings have important implications for those who seek to encourage graduate student involvement in the scholarship of teaching and learning.


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Schram, L. N., & Allendoerfer, M. G. (2012). Graduate student development through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(1), 8–22. Retrieved from
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Laura N. Schram, University of Michigan

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, 1071 Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218,

Michelle G. Allendoerfer, George Washington University

Women’s Leadership Program, George Washington University, 2100 Foxhall Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20007.


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