Teaching Enhancement through Scholarly Inquiry (TESI) Program


Teaching Enhancement through Scholarly Inquiry (TESI) Program

The Teaching Enhancement through Scholarly Inquiry (TESI) Program supports both new and experienced Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) practitioners over a two-year period through a collaborative, personally relevant, and active cohort-based learning experience.

At the centre of the TESI Program is a SoTL project to be completed by participants on a proposed inquiry idea of their choice. To support participant learning and the planning, implementation, and dissemination of their projects, participants engage in six coordinated core activities throughout the program that align with the principles of effective professional learning. In addition, each project will receive a $6000 grant to facilitate their project implementation.

Interested candidates in the TESI Program should review:

Next offering: Winter 2024 semester

Capacity: 15 project proposals will be accepted into the Winter 2024 program offering through a non-competitive process (i.e., the program will fill in order of eligible applications received).

Note: If capacity for the program is filled, additional applications that meet eligibility requirements will be placed on a waitlist and receive priority registration for the next program offering.

Application deadline: February 9, 2024

Program Schedule:

Date Event
January 24, 2024
Call for proposals opens
February 9, 2024
Deadline for proposal submission
February 13, 2024
Notifications of acceptance released
February 19 – March 15, 2024
(weekly schedule)
SoTL Foundations Institute Workshops
April 15, 2024
Project proposals due to the program facilitator
April 2024 – December 2024
(exact dates TBD)
Community of Practices meetings
May 2024 – March 2026
Project implementation (extensions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis)
April 30, 2026
Final Reflection and Summary Report due

 About SoTL

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a systematic approach to evaluating one’s own teaching practices in higher education to understand how those practices impact student development. SoTL involves:

  • asking meaningful questions about student development and how one’s teaching is impacting that development
  • answering those questions through methodologically appropriate and rigorous inquiry
  • disseminating one’s findings publicly with the goal of strengthening the practice of teaching

Across Canada and in many other countries, post-secondary institutions are supporting teaching effectiveness through the systematic training of educators to become independent SoTL practitioners. At Memorial, we also wish to recognize and promote teaching innovation through educator-led, data-driven investigations into teaching and learning.