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Teaching Enhancement through Scholarly Inquiry (TESI) Program

The fall 2022 program is full.

No additional participants will be accepted for the Fall 2022 semester; however, we will continue to accept expressions of interest until July 22, with eligible proposals being placed on a waitlist to fill any program spaces that may become available. Please note all eligible applications received from July 15-22, 2022 will be provided with priority registration for the next program offering, which is anticipated to start in the Winter 2023 semester. Any questions may be directed to the program facilitator, Keith Power.

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

At the centre of the TESI Program is a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (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 development and 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: Fall 2022 semester

Capacity: 12 project proposals will be accepted into the Fall 2022 program 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: July 22, 2022

Program Schedule:

July 22, 2022Expression of Interest form due
July 29, 2022Notifications of acceptance released
September 13, 2022 (1-3pm)1st SoTL Foundations Institute Workshop (The principles of SoTL)
September 21, 2022 (10am -12pm)2nd SoTL Foundations Institute Workshop (The SoTL process)
September 29, 2022 (10am -12pm)3rd SoTL Foundations Institute Workshop (Engaging in ethical SoTL)
October 7, 20224th SoTL Foundations Institute Workshop (Finalizing a SoTL proposal)
October 18, 20225th SoTL Foundations Institute Workshop (Proposal sharing & group feedback)
November 1, 2022Project proposals due to the program facilitator
November 10, 2022Submit proposals for ethics review
January 2023 – June 2023 (exact dates TBD)Community of Practices meetings (one per month)
January 2023 – December 2024Project implementation (extensions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis)
February 2024Final Reflection and Summary Report due (extensions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis)

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.


Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000