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N E W S L E T T E R - February 2017

Statement from the Board

As an international organization, ISSOTL is dedicated to open and critical exchanges among and gatherings of scholars from across the globe. In our mission statement, we affirm our commitment to “the collaboration of scholars in different countries and the flow of new findings and applications across national boundaries.” As elected representatives of ISSOTL’s membership, we oppose policies that restrict ISSOTL members from freely acting as scholars of teaching and learning.

The Board of Directors, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)

Current ISSOTL Memberships Extended to December 2017

The ISSOTL Membership Committee recommended to the ISSOTL Board, and the ISSOTL Board has approved, the following change to the membership year: 

ISSOTL’s current membership year of October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017 will be extended to December 31, 2017. Therefore, 2016-2017 members will receive 3 free months of membership. Subsequent membership renewals will be on a Jan 1- Dec 31 calendar basis.

Your current 2016-17 membership will also enable you to register for the ISSOTL17 conference in Calgary (, October 11-14 2017, at the discounted membership rate, as well as extend your access to all ISSOTL newsletters, blogs, and membership only resources through December 31, 2017.  Modifying our membership year to align with the calendar year will also allow ISSOTL to better manage membership renewal notices going forward. This change was made in response to member requests for standardization of our membership schedule. We hope that this change will further enhance your ISSOTL membership experience.

Sarah Bunnell, ISSOTL Treasurer

Reminder: 2017 Board of Directors Election

The ISSOTL Leadership and Elections Committee welcomes suggestions for nominees for the following Board of Director positions: 

  • President Elect
  • Vice President—Asia Pacific (3 year term)
  • Vice President – Canada (3 year term)
  • Vice President – Europe (3 year term)
  • Student Representative (2 year term)

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Library Access to TLI

It's 2017. Does your library know where Teaching & Learning Inquiry is? Help extend the reach of ISSOTL's journal by checking YOUR library catalog to see what they list for Teaching & Learning Inquiry. f your library doesn't list it as a journal, let your librarian know it's freely available from  read more}

Publications Advisory Committee Seeks Members

The Publications Advisory Committee (PAC) is charged with stewardship of the ISSOTL journal, Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI), including its financial health and sustainability, and its alignment with the mission of ISSOTL. See ISSOTL bylaws for further information about the PAC. The PAC is seeking to add new members, and we are especially eager to welcome individuals who can make contributions in any of the following areas:

  1. Expertise in marketing, including the use of social media, to help promote Teaching & Learning Inquiry, in ways that expand the journal's reach and impact.
  2. Experience with issues of scholarly communication, particularly around ensuring that TLI is visible in academic libraries, appropriate databases and indexes. An understanding of archiving practices for journals would also be useful.
  3. A student perspective, either undergraduate or graduate, on strategies for expanding  interest in and commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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The call for proposals for the 2017 ISSOTL conference in Calgary (Canada) is now available! Proposals are due March 15, 2017.

This year's theme reflects Calgary’s high elevation of 1,049 meters and the nearby Canadian Rocky Mountains peaking at 3,747 meters, dramatically shaping the city's western skyline. This theme will inspire new ideas, hope, and future-oriented thinking in the scholarship of teaching and learning. View the ISSOTL17 Call for Proposals.

Follow @ISSOTL17 on twitter for conference updates!


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.

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ISSOTL maintains a Job Posting forum for members. Current members may post job ads from their institution by logging in, visiting the Job Posting forum, and clicking "New Topic."





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