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N E W S L E T T E R - September 2016


ISSOTL 2016 Plenaries

Reading the Stories of Teaching and Learning (Wednesday, October 12)

Karen Manarin is Professor of English and General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As a literary scholar engaged in SoTL, she has written about some of the tensions involved in participating within different research paradigms. Most of her scholarship, however, examines how and why undergraduate students read. With Miriam Carey, Melanie Rathburn and Glen Ryland, she wrote Critical Reading in Higher Education: Academic Goals and Social Engagement (Indiana UP, 2015), an examination of students’ reading practices across a first-year general education curriculum. Other work has been published in teaching and learning journals, including Teaching and Learning Inquiry, the International Journal for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, andPedagogy. She currently serves on the ISSOTL board as Vice-President (Canada).

Visual Logic as a Thought Structure for Framing Stories (Friday, October 14)

Tom Klein is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Animation at Loyola Marymount University. He was Director of Animation for Vivendi-Universal, where he helped develop the internationally best-selling JumpStart educational games, and he has worked at Universal Cartoon Studio. His work on the hidden films of Shamus Culhane has been written about in The New York Times, leading to subsequent appearances on TV and radio. He is the curator of the exhibit Woody Woodpecker & The Avant-Garde on view at LMU’s Laband Gallery from Sept. 22-Nov. 20. His chapter “Evoking the Oracle: Visual Logic in Screen Worlds” appears in the recent anthology, Animated Landscapes. You can follow his regular blog on classic animation on the website Cartoon Research.

Additional plenary speakers include Edward Taylor (Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Professor of Education, at the University of Washington), Nancy Chick (University Chair in Teaching and Learning, Academic Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Teaching Professor of English at the University of Calgary), Qi Gao (Beijing Institute for Technology), Kelly Matthews (Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia), Thomas Olsson (Faculty of Engineering at Lund University), and Anthony (Tony) Ciccone (Professor emeritus of French and former founding director of the Center for Instructional and Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwauke).

Registration for the ISSOTL 2016 Conference has opened. View registration rates or click here to register.

Conference registration includes event attendance (excluding pre-conference workshops), breakfast, lunch, snacks, and receptions. Register by September 23rd to take advantage of the "early bird" registration discount.


ISSOTL Emerging Scholars Fund:
Call for Student Applications

ISSOTL’s goal is to “foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.” To support this goal, ISSOTL recognizes the importance of engaging emerging scholars who are interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The purpose of this disbursement is to support new talent and encourage engagement of students in ISSOTL. The ISSOTL conference is a useful venue for encouraging engagement of students through the sharing of ideas, networking, and learning. The fund facilitates this engagement by inviting currently registered post-secondary students to apply for a complimentary 2016-2017 ISSOTL student membership and a conference fee waiver to attend the ISSOTL 2016 conference in Los Angeles, California.

Recipients will be expected to attend the Thursday, October 13 poster session and reception, where they will be recognized. Recipients must be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the conference.

Upon culmination of the conference, recipients will be expected to write a brief (i.e. 500-word) reflection on their conference experience. With the author’s permission, this may be published on the ISSOTL blog.

Applications will be evaluated by members of the ISSOTL Students & SoTL Committee. Although priority will go to students presenting at the conference, decisions will also be based on the applicant’s commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the relevance of the conference/ISSOTL membership to the applicant’s professional development and career plans. The committee also seeks to make disbursements to students from a diverse set of higher education institutions; geographic locations; and academic programs, departments, and faculties; acknowledging that there can be significant expenses associated with international travel. As such, the ISSOTL Emerging Scholars Fund is both needs-based and merit-based and the committee encourages applicants to consider both of these aspects in their application submission.

If you have questions, please contact Roselynn Verwoord or Aaron Long, ISSOTL Student Representatives at and

To apply, please complete this document [doc][pdf] and submit it to the email address in there. Upon notification of a successful application, registrants will be given specific registration instructions.

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Potential posts to the blog can cover a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Society news from a board member, committee, or special interest group;

  • syntheses of recent SoTL research;

  • previews of recently published Teaching & Learning Inquiry articles;

  • showcases of SoTL research initiatives;

  • updates on SoTL innovations in international regions; and

  • introductions to SoTL resources that are relevant to ISSOTL members.

Posts will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Communications Committee. read more}




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Call for Expressions of Interest to Host 2018 ISSOTL Conference

ISSOTL and its Convenings Committee welcome expressions of interest in hosting the 2018 ISSOTL annual conference. The ISSOTL Board has stated a preference for a conference location outside North America in 2018, but the Convenings Committee will consider expressions of interest from any institution or group of institutions regardless of location.

Expressions of interest must be emailed to by September 4, 2016, and addressed to Katarina Mårtensson, co‐chair of the Convenings Committee and co-president-elect of ISSOTL. read more}


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