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Magna Publications and The Teaching Professor seek nominations for annual SoTL award.

The award recognizes one research-based article that has the potential to change the way faculty members support learning in their classrooms.

Research on teaching and learning has led to many important changes in classroom practices – ranging from methods for helping under-prepared students, to strategies for using clickers, to considerations when designing capstone classes.

Magna Publications and The Teaching Professor are now seeking nominations for the 2014 Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award. Each year, the award recognizes one research-based article that has the potential to change the way faculty members support learning in their classrooms. The deadline for nominations is January 2, 2014.

First established six years ago, the award is named in honor of Dr. Maryellen Weimer, a widely recognized authority on effective college teaching and the author of Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice. A professor emerita at Penn State Berks, Weimer also is the editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and author of The Teaching Professor blog.

To be considered, the scholarly writing must be at least 1,500 words in length and have been published in 2012 or 2013 in a discipline-specific or cross-disciplinary pedagogical periodical. The piece may address any topic related to college-level teaching and learning.

Authors can nominate themselves or be recommended by colleagues using an online submissions form located on The Teaching Professor website. There you will also find a complete list of criteria and submission guidelines:

A panel of pedagogical experts, including authors, editors, and faculty, will conduct a blind review of the entries, evaluating submissions on the basis of their potential positive impact, ability to improve instructional practices, depth of scholarly insight, analysis, grounding in pedagogical literature, and writing quality.

The award will be presented at the 2014 Teaching Professor Conference in Boston. Author(s) of the winning article will receive a shared stipend of $1,000. Their work will be disseminated at the conference, as well as through The Teaching Professor publications.

To learn more about the award, visit


About The Teaching Professor:
Magna Publications founded The Teaching Professor in 1987. The goal was simple: create a newsletter that helps college faculty improve their teaching, share best practices, and stay current on the latest pedagogical challenges and trends. Today The Teaching Professor product line includes the newsletter, conferences, workshops, and a blog — all dedicated to the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. Learn more at

About Magna Publications
Founded in 1972, Magna Publications is dedicated to providing high-quality, research-based professional development resources to the higher education community. The company’s growing portfolio newsletters, online seminars, online courses, and in-person events represent some of the most trusted names in higher education, including: The Teaching Professor, Online Classroom, Academic Leader, Distance Education Report, and Faculty Focus. The company is based in Madison, Wis. Learn more at

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