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New SoTL Award in Family Science

Written by Trent W. Maurer, Professor of Child & Family Development at Georgia Southern University, tmaurer@georgiasouthern.edu

SOTL in the South and a Tribute to Brenda Leibowitz

The second issue of SOTL in the South was published at the end of April. SOTL in the South "is an online open source and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to fostering dialogue and research on teaching and learning in higher education in the global South, or about the global South."

May 2018 Update from the Publications Advisory Committee

The Publications Advisory Committee (PAC) is responsible for guiding and supporting ISSOTL’s scholarly journal, Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI). While the co-editors and editorial board make decisions about TLI’s content and focus, the PAC addresses issues of financial health and sustainability, and ensures that the journal effectively supports the mission of the organization.

Results of the 2018 ISSOTL Elections

After close elections involving a total of ten candidates, three ISSOTL members have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors:

  • President Elect: Michelle Yeo, Mt. Royal University (Canada)
  • Student Representative: Yahlnaaw (Aaron Grant), University of Northern British Columbia (Canada)
  • Vice President-United States: S. Raj Chaudhury, University of South Alabama (US)

Thank you to everyone who stood for election! Brief biographical information on each of the new Board members follows.

 

ISSOTL Distinguished Service Awards 2018

Each year, the ISSOTL Board organizes a public call for nominations for the Distinguished Service Award. This award is aimed at ISSOTL members who have served the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in distinguished ways for a period spanning a significant part of their career as faculty or leaders in higher education.  The Board may make up to two such awards per year.

SoTL’s "Multidisciplinary Boundlessness" and Advocacy

This post is in response to a call for ISSOTL blog posts highlighting SoTL advocacy and opportunities in the disciplines. My academic expertise is in sexual violence and how we talk about it. My disciplinary training is in sociology, and my methodological training is varied, but rests preferentially with qualitative methods. My research and teaching, very intentionally, has an advocacy bend to it – I want my work to be applicable, on the ground, importantly informed by anti-oppressive theoretical frameworks.

Expressions of Interest to Host the ISSOTL Conference

ISSOTL and its Convenings Committee welcome expressions of interest in hosting the ISSOTL annual conference in 2020.

ISSOTL Elections - Spring 2018 (Nominations Due Feb 26)

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning -- a growing international organization dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning – seeks conscientious and creative colleagues who would like to make contributions to our Society. ISSOTL's Board of Directors establishes new directions for this organization while managing ongoing activities and services of the Society.

ISSOTL Conference Pedagogy

ISSOTL conferences convene faculty members, staff, and students from across the disciplines and around the world as a community that fosters inquiry and disseminates findings about what improves and articulates postsecondary learning and teaching. This purpose leads to an inherently complex conference culture: participants with diverse backgrounds and common goals. ISSOTL conference participants bring high aspirations to do important work—to improve learning and teaching in higher education and to contribute to what’s known about meaningful student learning.

The Beginnings of Engagement in Nursing Scholarship

In recent years, I have followed my passion for teaching and transitioned from a pediatric acute care Registered Nurse into Nursing Education. In my pursuit of this goal, I am currently working as a Nursing Educator on short-term contracts and an auxiliary basis while completing my thesis for an online Master of Nursing (MN) degree at Athabasca University. This year, I was fortunate to be recognized at the annual ISSOTL conference as an Emerging Scholar. This support provided me with the opportunity to attend the conference along with one of my mentors.

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