ISSOTL’s goal is to “foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.” We recognize the importance of engaging emerging scholars who are interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We are dedicated to supporting this new talent and encouraging the engagement of students through sharing of ideas, networking, and learning at the annual ISSOTL conference.
The Emerging Scholars Fund facilitates this engagement by inviting currently registered post-secondary students to apply for a conference fee waiver to attend the ISSOTL conference.
Successful applicants will share in the ISSOTL discourse by actively participating in the conference activities. This includes attending the Student Welcome event at the start of the conference, the poster session and reception, and the conference closing session.
Upon culmination of the conference, recipients will provide a brief reflection on their conference experience, in video or audio format, or in writing, which may be published on the ISSOTL website.
Applications will be evaluated by members of the ISSOTL Students & SoTL Committee. Decisions will 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 will also assess the applicant’s engagement and commitment to ISSOTL itself, giving priority to students with accepted presentations and posters at the conference, and students that serve ISSOTL as members of committees or in other official capacities.
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 aspects in their application submission.
A call for applications will be shared with members and conference registrants during each conference cycle.