Faculty Rewards: Can We Implement the Scholarship of Teaching?

An On-Line Symposium, Oct. 11 to 27, 1995

Co-sponsored by the Educational Research and Methods Division (ERM) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Chemical Education Division (Chem. Ed.) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).


    Arlene Russell                     Michael Pavelich
    Dept of Chemistry                  Dept of Chemistry
    UCLA                               Colorado School of Mines
    310-825-7570                       303-273-3612
    Russell@chem.ucla.edu              MPavelic@mines.edu


The main issue to discuss is whether the scholarship of teaching should become an alternative to the scholarship of discovery (research) in faculty promotion and tenure decisions in higher education. This case was argued forcefully by Ernest Boyer in the Carnegie Foundation's 1990 monograph "Scholarship Reconsidered". The issue, however, needs to be debated openly and creatively by academics themselves. We have organized this conference to do just that.

Four authors were invited to submit papers on different aspects of the issue. These papers will serve as the starting point for our e-mail discussions. Each author is well respected in higher education circles for his past contributions to the educational literature. They and their paper titles are listed below: just click on the paper title to access the paper.

  1. Richard M. Felder
    Professor of Chemical Engineering
    North Carolina State University
    "Who Should Teach in College"

  2. Lyle D. Feisel
    Dean of Engineering
    SUNY at Binghamton.
    "Scholarship Revisited - - A Reality Check"

  3. Michael Doyle
    Professor of Chemistry
    Trinity University, San Antonio.
    "Scholarship Reconsidered - Inherent Dangers in its Applications"

  4. Ivan Legg
    University of Memphis
    "Integration of the Scholarship of Teaching into Faculty Roles and Rewards: Implementing a Task Force Recommendation"


On October 11, 1995, these opening remarks and the four authored papers will be distributed via e-mail to all who have signed on to the CHEMCONF listserv list. If you are not presently subscribed to CHEMCONF, send an email message to: LISTSERV@UMDD.UMD.EDU or LISTSERV@UMDD.BITNET, leave the subject line blank, and put the following one-line message in the message body:
replacing your name with your full name. These papers and instructions are also available on the World Wide Web at

Participants are asked to read the papers, jotting down their questions, comments and concerns. We will start sharing these thoughts on the following schedule

The Conference Chairs will send out a message through the listserver on the morning starting each two day discussion period. Add your comments to the traffic by simply responding to this message. You can also communicate by responding to any message sent to you over that two day period.

Please keep EACH COMMUNICATION TO < 200 WORDS. This is about a "one screen" message for most of us and will make the exchange of ideas cleaner and quicker. Please use a one or two sentence opening that states the aspect of the issue you will address in that communication, then go on to give your thoughts.

Please break your comments into separate messages if you have several aspects you wish to address.

The paper author will contribute to the give-and-take as his schedule allows over the two days. Each author will also give summarizing remarks on the 27th.


For those who wish to review past messages easily, daily logs of the discussions have been collected and archived here:
  1. Monday, October 16, 1995 (96K)
  2. Tuesday, October 17, 1995 (112K)
  3. Wednesday, October 18, 1995 (75K)
  4. Thursday, October 19, 1995 (34K)
  5. Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 1995 (42K)
  6. Monday, October 23, 1995 (12K)
  7. Tuesday, October 24, 1995 (15K)
  8. Wednesday, October 25, 1995 (8K)
  9. Thursday, October 26, 1995 (37K)
  10. Friday, October 27, 1995 (32K)


Click here to go to the evaluation questionnaire page. If your Web browser supports "mailto" links (as does Netscape), you can click on the email address at the top of the evaluation questionnaire page, click on the "Quote Document" button, then fill the your answers in the appropriate places, and click on the "Send" button to send in your response.


The conference is co-sponsored by the Educational Research and Methods Division (ERM) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Chemical Education Division (Chem. Ed.) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

We hope that by connecting these two college education groups in this "in your office" manner, we will get a productive and insightful cross fertilization of ideas. Our aim is to give energy to the growing reevaluation of higher education occurring across the country. We can best serve our students and our professions by thoughtfully rethinking what we do and by changing where change is beneficial.

The technical organization is being handled by

Tom O'Haver
Professor of Chemistry
University of Maryland

The address of this page is http://www.wam.umd.edu/~toh/ChemConference/FacultyRewards/home.html
This page is maintained by Tom O'Haver , Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Maryland at College Park. Comments, suggestions and questions should be directed to Prof. O'Haver at toh@umd.edu.
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