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Welcome from the President and Board of ISSOTL

Welcome to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

We are a society of faculty, academic staff, and students, who share a common interest in how students learn across the disciplines and in which teaching practices elicit the kinds of learning we and our students hope will happen in the higher education classroom.

Founded 15 years ago, ISSOTL has quickly grown into the premier international scholarly society focused on teaching and learning. At our most recent (2017) conference in Calgary, more than 600 ISSOTL members came together to present their work, to learn from one another, and to create transnational and transdisciplinary collaborations focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. These collaborations will continue in October 2018, when we assemble in Bergen, Norway, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our conference theme, “Toward a Learning Culture,” has elicited an incredibly diverse collection of panels, papers, and poster presentations from our members, and this year’s conference promises to be our best yet.

But ISSOTL is much more than an annual meeting. We also sponsor an outstanding open access journal, Teaching and Learning Inquiry, that publishes some of the most cutting edge research in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We have close partnerships with a number of other organizations interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Every few years, we host international collaborative writing groups at our annual meetings, focused on a particular theme in SoTL. The next such writing group will take place at the 2019 conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

There are many ways that you can become involved in the direction of ISSOTL. Our Board of Directors is very hands on, and we hold elections every year to select one-third of the Board and a new president-elect. The Board includes regional vice presidents from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as two graduate student representatives. ISSOTL members also play an essential role in shaping the direction of the society through their participation in various committees and Special Interest Groups. These committees and SIGs are a great way to build connections with colleagues in other countries and other academic contexts, as well as being an opportunity to help ISSOTL grow. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, the participation of our members is especially important, so I urge you to consider taking a more active role in your society.

Working together in this wide variety of ways, ISSOTL members are helping to change the direction of higher education around the world. The scholarship of teaching and learning is growing both in the number of its practitioners and in the impact it is having on higher education. I invite you to join us, both as a member of ISSOTL and as an active participant in our conferences, our publications, and the work of the society.

Mills Kelly, ISSOTL President, 2018-2019

 

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