Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize faculty who are advancing Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy through research on Learn by Doing. Two awards are given each year: an award of $2000 for completed research and an award of $1000 for proposed or in-progress research.

The awards acknowledge scholarly research that goes beyond descriptive examples of Learn by Doing, directly contributes to the understanding and practice of Learn by Doing, and models a teaching practice to other educators.

Cal Poly faculty approach and practice Learn by Doing in a of variety ways, across programs and disciplines. Research and scholarly activities take many forms, such as pilot studies, reflective analysis, case studies, and experimental work; applications representing quantitative and/or qualitative research are invited.

The Learn by Doing Scholar Award applications are reviewed by faculty representing broad of disciplinary perspectives; the Learn by Doing Award Committee includes one tenured faculty member from each college and the library.

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards were established in 2014 and are financially supported by the Library Dean’s Advisory Council in recognition of the quality, significance, and impact of Learn by Doing scholarship.

Eligibility

All current members of the Cal Poly faculty (i.e. members of collective bargaining unit 3) are eligible to apply for either award. Research must have been or is proposed to be conducted primarily at Cal Poly. Researchers self-nominate.

Individual and team (collaborative) applications are welcome for both awards. Team applications may include Cal Poly students and non-Cal Poly researchers. The primary researcher must be a faculty member that has completed at least two years of full time service or its equivalent at Cal Poly.

Proposed or In-Progress Award applicants must be active at Cal Poly for at least one quarter during the academic year in which they are nominated (for example, faculty who are on leave for an entire academic year will not be eligible for that year).

Only faculty members who have not previously won either award are eligible.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to clearly articulate whether the award application is for an individual researcher or an entire team.

Review criteria

 

Applications must be focused on scholarly inquiry into Learn by Doing practices that have or will result in research on Learn by Doing; the completed or proposed/in-progress research must detail work that goes beyond mere descriptive examples of Learn by Doing.

The successful applications will present a compelling definition of Learn by Doing and clear evidence as to how the scholarship contributes to the understanding and practice of Learn by Doing. More generally, successful applications will demonstrate quality and intellectual merit, creativity, clear methodology, and meet all application requirements.

Deadline for Submission: Monday, March 5, 2018, 5pm

Announcement of Awards: Applicants will be notified in May 2018 and winners will be publicly recognized during Fall Conference 2018.

Questions?

Please contact Jeanine Scaramozzino, Learn by Doing Awards Committee Chair, at ude.yloplacnull@omaracsj.

 

Previous Learn by Doing Scholar Award Recipients

Year Award
Presented
Completed Award Recipients Proposed or In-Progress Award Recipients
2017
  • Lynn Metcalf, Industrial Technology
  • Stern Neill, Marketing
  • Lisa Simon, Marketing
  • Sharon Dobs, Finance
  • Brennan Davis, Marketing
  • Catherine Waitinas, English
2016
  • Brian Self, Mechanical Engineering
  • James Widmann, Mechanical Engineering
  • Alan Kiste, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Gregory Scott, Chemistry and Biochemistry
2015
  • J. Kevin Taylor, Kinesiology
  • David Hey, Kinesiology
  • Brian Self, Mechanical Engineering
  • Lynne Slivovsky, Electrical Engineering
  • James Widmann, Mechanical Engineering
  • Steffen Peuker, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jennifer Mott, Mechanical Engineering