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

Jennifer Meta Robinson recognized with 2016 Distinguished Service Award

Jennifer Meta Robinson, Ph.D, Professor of Practice in the Indiana University Department of Anthropology, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) at the organization’s annual meeting on October 13 in Los Angeles.

Robinson was a founding member of ISSOTL and served as President 2008-2011. She co-organized the group’s first annual conference in 2004 at Indiana University in Bloomington, attended by 400 delegates from a dozen countries and officially inaugurating the Society. Her major achievements as president involved leading numerous initiatives to professionalize the Society to be sustainable into the future—including staffing, conference organization, and a scholarly journal. She was elected the first Vice President representing the United States and served on the Board of Directors during its writing of the bylaws. She chaired the conference again in 2009, bringing it back to Bloomington. She has served in a leadership capacity on numerous Society committees, most recently as co-chair of the Advocacy and Outreach Committee. She continues to serve as the Society’s representative to the State of Indiana, where it is incorporated. read more}

Advocacy and Outreach Open Meeting

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee fosters discussion within ISSOTL – as an organization but also among members – about the relevance of SOTL for policy debates within and outside of the academy, engaging in such discussions through the organization’s website, listserv, special interest groups, and conferences. It also provides guidelines and models to help ISSOTL members share research-based insights on teaching and learning with audiences within and outside of the academy, including the media and policy makers.

We welcome interested persons to join us at our committee meeting on Friday, October 14 at 0745 during breakfast at the conference. We will put up a sign to indicate specific location (either to the side of the main eating room or a small room nearby). We have several outreach initiatives under development in which we hope additional members will become involved (e.g. social media outreach, expertise building to help members effectively reach multiple audiences).

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee also has two presentations at the conference. We invite you to attend!

  • Pre-conference Workshop (Scharff, Armad, Kissell) “We Know SoTL Is Important – Why Doesn’t Everybody?” [Wednesday afternoon session]
  • Panel (Huber, Robinson, MacMillan) “Finding SoTL Audiences: Stories of our Field in Publications and Advocacy” [Session D on Friday morning]

For more information, please contact Lauren Scharff ( or Jennifer Friberg (, or visit the Advocacy and Outreach section of ISSOTL's website.

Call for Volunteers for ISSOTL Committees

Looking for a way to become more involved in ISSOTL? Several ISSOTL Committees will be adding members in the coming weeks. The Board invites members to review the list of ISSOTL standing committees and to volunteer to join committees related to their expertise and interests.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to

  Write for ISSOTL's Blog

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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