International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

2019 ISSOTL Emerging Scholars Fund Recipients

ISSOTL 2018 Poster Session (Photo by Mills Kelly)

Every year, ISSOTL recognizes the value of engaging students at our conference and the ISSOTL community at large through the Emerging Scholars Fund. We are dedicated to supporting this new talent and encouraging the engagement of students through sharing of ideas, networking, and learning.

Applications are accepted from all students, undergraduate and postgraduate. Following the application deadline, the Students and SoTL Committee scores the applications based on a prior-established rubric. The top selected applicants are then honored at the Student Welcome session on the first day of the conference. Throughout the conference, the students are expected to fully engage with the academic community as well as promote their own scholarship. Most of our Emerging Scholars also present original research in the form of posters of presentations; this year is no different, with seven of our scholars presenting their work at the conference. At the end, they submit a reflection of their time at ISSOTL which is then featured on the website to further promote the work they do and their impression of the conference.

The fund allows students to return to our conference for multiple consecutive years and truly develop their research. One such student is Anita Acai, who’s received the award multiple times. "I am thankful for the support of the Emerging Scholars Fund in helping me attend ISSOTL conferences year after year. Student engagement in academic conferences—particularly, those related to teaching and learning—is vital; yet, finances can prove to be a barrier for many undergraduate and graduate students alike. Even a little financial support can go a long way and it certainly has for me. Attending ISSOTL conferences has allowed me to continue to play an active role in the international teaching and learning community by presenting my work, establishing new scholarly collaborations, and most recently, expanding my involvement in the society as an inaugural ISSOTL Fellow" says Anita.

Equally, the fund showcases completely new scholars to the field and society. This year, seven chosen students have never attended ISSOTL before, such as Eneida: “I am so grateful to be funded by the Emerging Scholar Fund. I joined ISSOTL only recently and I am very excited to be able to attend the conference and work together with other researchers and PhD students. Collaborative working is a critical aspect of modern academia; the Emerging Scholars Fund provides an excellent opportunity for international collaboration that I would not have otherwise had, thanks a lot!”

This year, we are honouring 11 students across five countries and four continents:

  • Anita AcaiMcMaster UniversityCanada
  • Ayrlia WelchBall StateUnited States
  • Brit ParisUniversity of CalgaryCanada
  • Daphne ScottIndiana University - BloomingtonUSA
  • Eneida Garcia VillanuevaUniversity of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
  • Ethan PohlQueen's UniversityCanada
  • Gary DonaldsonEdinburgh Napier UniversityUnited Kingdom
  • Heather CarrollHarvard UniversityUSA
  • Julie MooneyUniversity of AlbertaCanada
  • Nattalia GodboldUniversity of Queensland, Australia
  • Nur Azwa ZynuddinUniversiti Sultan Zainal AbidinMalaysia

Every year, the Emerging Scholars Fund helps a motivated group of student scholars to attend the ISSOTL conference; they provide a diverse perspective to the conference as well as unending enthusiasm. Look out for them!

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