SOTL Writing Retreat Application Information


All applications should be submitted using our online form.

Application Format

Applications must include a 300-500 word description of your project, including the following:

  • Project Description: a description of the project being proposed, what stage you are at in completing the project, and what you hope to accomplish during the retreat
  • Benefit: briefly discuss your reasons for doing this project (or for doing SOTL more generally) and explain what benefits you anticipate for yourself and the College
  • Plans for Review and Dissemination: What are your plans for sharing your work with the Stonehill community and/or the wider scholarly community?
  • Bibliography (optional): If a particular body of scholarship is informing your project, we invite you to include a brief bibliography.

Regarding IRB Approval: For projects that involve research with human subjects (which most SOTL projects do), it is also highly recommended that you plan to discuss your project with the Director of Academic Development at some point to determine what steps are necessary to secure IRB approval.

Application Review

Proposals are reviewed by the Director of the CTL and the SOTL Faculty Fellow. Applicants will be notified of final decisions via email.

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • the clarity of the project description;
  • whether their goals for the retreat are reasonable and likely to be accomplished;
  • the degree to which the project will benefit the recipient and the larger Stonehill community (e.g. how will the project enhance teaching and learning at Stonehill?); and
  • the likelihood of the project leading to some kind of dissemination to the larger scholarly community (either through publication or presentation)


Applications should be submitted online by midnight on March 31st.  Decisions will be announced later in April.  The retreat itself is typically scheduled for the week following Commencement.  [Please note: the retreat will not be held in 2015, but will resume in 2016.]


All faculty (full- and part-time) who will be employed by the College in the following school year are eligible to participate in the retreat.


For additional information or to receive feedback on a proposal draft, please contact Stacy Grooters, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (x1324).