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Queen's University


Certificate in Scholarship aims to introduce individuals to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). In general, SoTL can be summarized as the research and investigation of questions and problems concerning university teaching and learning. SoTL involves systematic evaluation of teaching and learning through formal or traditional research on teaching and learning leading to an in-depth understanding of a particular topic or intervention (Martin, 2007).

The certificate will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate the ability to:

  • Define and explain the scholarship of teaching and learning in context of one’s own academic discipline
  • Formulate a SoTL question and investigative approach

To achieve these outcomes, the Certificate in Scholarship requires completion of four parts:

Part 1: Explore the scholarship of teaching and learning within your academic discipline

Part 2: Identify an area of interest, a barrier, or dilemma in university teaching and learning

Part 3: Pose a research question

Part 4: Propose an investigative approach for engaging in the scholarship of your question

Submission Procedure

After completing the requirements of Part 1-4 as outlined in the links above, submit the following documents in hard copy to the CTL:

As you complete the requirements of the certificate, you may find the following  Certificate in Scholarship Rubric  to be helpful. This rubric is used by CTL Staff to review and assess submissions.

Submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. Typically, applicants can expect to receive an email response to their submission within 10 business days following the submission date. Awarded certificates are made available for pick up at the front desk of the CTL. 

The CTL is located in F200, Mackintosh-Corry Hall.

CTL Assistance

Staff members at the CTL are available to assist and mentor you through the PUTL program. Please direct your questions to



Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000