The relationship between OPID and the UW System Leadership Site for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), housed at UW-Milwaukee, is one of cooperation, collaboration and teamwork. The Leadership Site is the primary SoTL arm of OPID and extends the faculty development work of OPID by designing initiatives to encourage scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning, and by creating inter-campus collaborations for conducting SoTL research. As a result, a core of faculty experts in classroom inquiry practices and principles from across the System now exists.
The partnership between OPID and the Leadership Site has elevated the faculty development status of the University of Wisconsin System as a whole. In 2003, the UWS Leadership Site was designated one of 12 national "cluster leaders" in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Campus Program with the theme of Creating a Multi-Institutional Framework to Advance the Practice of Teaching Through Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning. Most recently, in 2006, the UW System has been selected to participate in the 2006-2009 CASTL Leadership Program as coordinating institution of the theme Systemwide Collaboration. This initiative affords the opportunity for OPID and the Leadership Site to mentor and foster SoTL relationships with other national systems including the University of Colorado, CUNY, Miami-Dade, and North Carolina.
For more information about SoTL and the UWS Leadership Site, please visit: http://www.sotl.uwm.edu/