Positioning the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Squarely on the Center of the Desk

Am J Pharm Educ. 2020 Sep;84(9):ajpe8046. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8046.


The scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) is one of four traditionally defined domains of research. Yet faculty members who pursue the SOTL may feel disadvantaged because of its relatively low perceived value by many institutions. Thus, interested faculty members may relegate the SOTL to a limited, secondary line of research and instead pursue other types of research that appear to be more highly valued by the institution. This commentary explores the benefits to the institution when the SOTL is expressly valued and purposefully supported. We advocate for a multifaceted approach by which pharmacy education leaders can examine how the SOTL is valued, encouraged, and supported through organizational structure and policy. Approaches to solidify and communicate the institutional value of the SOTL are discussed. Specific attention to ensure the SOTL is represented in rewards and incentive systems, such as the college or school's promotion and tenure policies, may empower faculty members to pursue success in this area of research.

Keywords: faculty promotion; institutional culture; scholarship of teaching and learning; tenure.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Fellowships and Scholarships*
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Teaching*