Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

Learn by Doing Scholar Awards: Recognizing the Impact of Cal Poly’s Award Signature Pedagogy

2022 Winners

Randi Barros, Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts
Cal Poly Short Cuts Student Film Festival

Pauline Faure, Aerospace Engineering
ETOILES PowerSat Project – A Small but Mighty Spacecraft to Tackle Climate Change

About the Awards

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize outstanding faculty contributions to Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy of Learn by Doing. These awards emphasize the impact of Cal Poly’s distinctive educational approach by translating learning into practice to make a difference in disciplines and industries across California and around the world. Successful applications will provide compelling evidence of the impact of Learn by Doing through curriculum-related instructional and research/creative activities, as well as demonstrate an academically rigorous and student-centered approach to learning. The Library Dean’s Advisory Council established the Learn by Doing Scholar Awards in 2014, and they continue to be supported by generous donors.

Two awards will be presented for the 2022-2023 academic year, each accompanied by a cash prize of $2,000.

Faculty will self-nominate and directly submit applications in Spring quarter. Team applications are welcome and may include Cal Poly staff and students.

Applicant Eligibility

All Cal Poly faculty (Unit 3) who have been employed for at least one quarter during the current academic year (2022-2023) are eligible to apply for the awards. Previous award recipients are not eligible.

Review Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on how the Learn by Doing activity or project achieves the following outcomes:

  • Translating learning into practice by engaging students in the discipline, industry and/or community.
  • Inspiring students to value the link between learning and practical application.
  • Leveraging collaborative partnerships in the discipline, and industry and/or community.
  • Addressing the challenges and needs of today (and tomorrow) in the discipline, industry, and/or community.
  • Working across disciplines, academic institutions and/or other external partnerships.
  • Positively impacting people and industries in California, across the country, and around the world.
  • Demonstrating a student-focused and academically rigorous approach.

How to Apply

The call for applications will go out in Winter Quarter 2023.  A complete application will include the following four (4) elements submitted through an online form: 

  1. Contact information for applicant and collaborators and/or students. 

  2. A description of the project or activity that addresses the Learn by Doing outcomes listed in the above criteria.  

  3. Brief biographical sketches for the applicant and any collaborators and/or students. 

  4. One example of evidence of impact on student learning (e.g., student testimonials, media coverage, professional award, scholarly paper or presentation). 

Apply online here.

Previous Learn by Doing Award Recipients
Year Award
Presented
Completed Award/Career Award
Recipients
Proposed or In-Progress Award/Emerging
Career Recipients
2020
  • Teaching Architectural Technology: A Scholarly Approach
  • Robert Arens, Architecture
  • Carmen Trudell, Architecture
  • Brian Osborn, Architecture
  • Genetic Code in a Test Tube: Unlocking the Cell for Learn by Doing
  • Javin Oza, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Katharine Watts, Chemistry and Biochemistry
2019
  • Design Thinking as a Framework for Teaching Packaging Innovation
  • Javier de la Fuente, Industrial Technology and Packaging
  • Irene Carbonell, Industrial Technology and Packaging
  • Mary LaPorte, Graphic Design
  • Effectiveness of Intergenerational Service Learning Programs for Psychology of Aging
  • Sara Bartlett, Psychology and Child Development
2018
  • Learning by Doing Statistics: Having Students Engage with Scientific Studies that Matter, Every Day
  • Soma Roy, Statistics
  • Beth Chance, Statistics
  • Karen McGaughey, Statistics
  • Allan Rossman, Statistics
  • Building Intercultural Competence Through Cultural Immersion Projects
  • Julie Rodgers, Psychology and Child Development
  • Why Do Some Students Choose to Get Involved in Co-curricular Engineering Projects?
  • Graham Doig, Aerospace Engineering
2017
  • The Impact of Peer Mentoring on Marketing Content Mastery
  • Lynn Metcalf, Industrial Technology
  • Stern Neill, Marketing
  • Lisa Simon, Marketing
  • Sharon Dobson, Finance
  • Brennan Davis, Marketing
  • Flipping Whitman: Collaborative Learn by Doing in the (Digital) Humanities
  • Catherine Waitinas, English
2016
  • Inquiry-Based Learning Activities in Dynamics
  • Brian Self, Mechanical Engineering
  • James Widmann, Mechanical Engineering
  • Cal Poly Studio Chemistry: An Examination of Student Outcomes
  • Alan Kiste, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Gregory Scott, Chemistry and Biochemistry
2015
  • Learning Design Through the Lens of Service: a Qualitative Study
  • J. Kevin Taylor, Kinesiology
  • David Hey, Kinesiology
  • Brian Self, Mechanical Engineering
  • Lynne Slivovsky, Electrical Engineering
  • James Widmann, Mechanical Engineering
  • Challenging to Students to Design Their Process for Becoming a “World-Class Engineering Student”: Pedagogical Innovations
  • Steffen Peuker, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jennifer Mott, Mechanical Engineering