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Boise State Teaching Scholars

The Boise State Teaching Scholars Program is taking a hiatus during the 2018-2019 academic year while the CTL engages in strategic planning around how to best support junior faculty. Please email with any questions.

The Boise State Teaching Scholars Program is designed to stimulate dialogue, reflection and innovation in teaching, foster a sense of community, and promote the scholarship of teaching and learning.  The program involves interdisciplinary communities of faculty in a year-long process of inquiry to promote faculty development and enhance student learning.

The BSTS is a great opportunity to explore some area of teaching, to grow with colleagues across campus and to reflect on what works and doesn’t work in your classes.

What do Boise State Teaching Scholars do?

Each BSTS group consists of 6-8 faculty and a facilitator who meet regularly (twice a month) throughout the school year. Teaching Scholars explore best practices, engage in the intentional application of the principles, theories, or strategies explored by the group and are supported to conduct an individual scholarly teaching project aimed at advancing understanding of what works to improve student learning.

Faculty gathered for a poster session.

Early Career Faculty Community, 2017-18

This Boise State Teaching Scholars (BSTS) community will engage selected early-career faculty in development of their teaching practice and interests. This multidisciplinary community will be composed of faculty members working together to reflect upon their teaching and offer feedback to one another with the goals of pedagogical exploration and growth. Reflection on our commonalities as teachers as well as our disciplinary differences will help us learn more about ourselves and reveal useful teaching practices for our disciplines.

Participants will explore how to enhance teaching effectiveness by examining evidence-based practices, alternative teaching and assessment strategies, etc.; pursue scholarly teaching and learning projects; and build alliances with peers from other disciplines. Teaching Scholars in this community are eligible to receive reduced teaching assignments during one semester.

Shawn Simonson, CTL Faculty Associate, will facilitate this group.


  • Reduced teaching assignment during one semester.
  • A common book and other information resources.
  • Community will be fostered by providing opportunities for social interaction with faculty across disciplines.


  • Meetings: Scholars participating in this group will meet twice a month from August 2017 through May 2018.  Meetings will be held on Fridays from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meetings will start on the first Friday of classes in August (August 25, 2017).
  • Retreat Attendance: The opening retreat for this group will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 2:30-4:00 pm. Please keep this date open in case your application is selected.
  • Activities: Scholars will be expected to complete homework activities and personal reflections between meetings.
  • Peer Observation: Each Scholar will observe at least one other Teaching Scholar during the fall 2017 semester to learn how faculty from different disciplines engage students, manage classrooms, and enhance learning.
  • Teaching and Learning Projects (implemented 2017-18 AY): Each Scholar will explore teaching strategies in his/her discipline and will be supported to conduct a scholarly project aimed at enhancing student learning.
  • Scholars will provide a poster summarizing the project and a critical reflection as to how participation in the FLC has changed their approach to teaching.
  • Due dates: Scholars will provide a poster summarizing their scholarly teaching project by April 18, 2018, and complete a critical reflection as to how participation in the FLC has changed their approach to teaching by May 31, 2018.


  • Early-career, full-time faculty members and lecturers who have been teaching at Boise State for at least one year, but less than five years, are eligible to apply for membership in this BSTS community.


Selection and First Meeting

  • The Boise State Teaching Scholars for Engaging Early Career Faculty will consist of 6-8 participants.
  • Selections will be announced via email by Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
  • The opening retreat for this group will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 2:30-4:00 pm. Please keep this date open in case your application is selected.


Questions can be directed to Shawn Simonson (, Faculty Associate at the Center for Teaching and Learning.