ISSOTL Interest Groups
Interest Groups are listed alphabetically.
The ISSOTL Interest Group on Advancing Undergraduate Research (AUR-IG) is an international, interdisciplinary network for faculty and administrators who are interested in investigating undergraduate research through the lens of the scholarship of teaching and learning. We strive to help institutions define undergraduate research and develop assessments to evaluate student learning through research and scholarship across disciplines and individual institutions. We encourage collaborations among interest group members, particularly projects that promote scholarly research on student learning through undergraduate research. We also share resources, disseminate findings, and provide support for institutions to carry out best practices in undergraduate research. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Cecilia Lucero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a teacher-scholar in the disciplines of the humanities (literature, philosophy, classics, religion, history, languages, et al) seeking a sense of community within ISSOTL, please join us. Send your name, institution, country, and email address to Nancy Chick at email@example.com. We're brainstorming ways to have a greater presence at ISSOTL conferences and within SOTL in general, and together we can share ideas and models. View the Humanities Interest Group's website here.
National Teaching Fellows &
Institutional Teaching Award Winners
Are you a national teaching fellow or an institutional teaching award winner interested to exchange experiences and explore collaborative scholarship opportunities with international colleagues pertaining to issues of innovative educational leadership, curriculum, teaching and/or learning practices in high education? If so, please feel welcome to join members of this ISSOTL Interest Group. Although this interest group will take up matters of importance to national and institutional award winners, all ISSOTL members are welcome to join this group (per the ISSOTL interest group inclusiveness policy). If you would like to get involved, please contact Earle Abrahamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an active learning pedagogy in which students collaborate in groups to solve complex problems. We wish to start an interest group within ISSOTL for those who are interested in problem-based learning. If interested, please contact Ellen Lynch (University of Cincinnati) at email@example.com or Susan Polich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a sociologist interested in SOTL? Would you like to join a group of other sociologists for SOTL networking? If so, please send your name, institution/organization, and email address to Melinda Messineo at email@example.com, and indicate you are responding to this announcement and whether you are a member of ISSOTL and/or ASA.
Students as Co-Inquirers
Are you a faculty/ staff member who is interested in partnering with students on SOTL inquiry projects? OR are you a student who is interested in partnering with faculty/staff on SOTL inquiry projects? Then join us in creating a cross-disciplinary, international community of SOTL scholars dedicated to tapping into students’ expertise on teaching and learning, sharing promising practices for co-inquiry with students, exploring the many positive outcomes of this work and amplifying student voices within the international society. If you are interested, please send your name and affiliation to Carmen Werder at Carmen.Werder@wwu.edu & Kara Yanagida at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ISSOTL Interest Group on Student Engagement serves as an international, interdisciplinary network for ISSOTL members who are committed to pursuing SoTL projects on the topic of student engagement. This group offers opportunities for dialogue, encourage and promote scholarly research on the topic, and provide support to ISSOTL members interested in student engagement. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Chris Garrett at email@example.com.
Members Seeking Members to Form ISSOTL Interest Groups
Michele Scoufis (UNSW)
The following are calls from ISSOTL members seeking enough founding members to form Interest Groups. Contact the organizer to join the group.
Geography, Earth, or Environmental Sciences/Studies
Are you a teacher of Geography, Earth, or Environmental Sciences/Studies looking for an occasional subject-based “home” during ISSOTL? Whilst engaging with the broader learning and teaching agenda at the conference, do you want to also swap ideas being developed by your subject community? If so, become one of the initial members of an ISSOTL Interest Group whose focus is on all things earth and ocean related. If you would like to get involved, please contact Paul Wright at Southampton Solent University at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberal Arts Colleges
Liberal arts colleges represent a unique teaching and learning environment. Faculty are expected to embody the teacher–scholar model in particular ways, and students are expected to master the modes of thinking for a broad range of disciplines. This presents interesting educational challenges and opportunities. Please send your name and affiliation via email to Cynthia Van Gilder email@example.com if you would like to join this interest group with other faculty teaching in a liberal arts context.
Biology Education Researchers/Science Faculty with Education Specialty
Are you a Biology Education Researcher (working at the college or university level) or a Science Faculty with an Education Specialty (SFES)? Would you like to join a group of liked-minded individuals to form a network of faculty who are interested in building collaborations and setting research agendas for our field? If so, please send your name, institution/organization, and email address to Mary Pat Wenderoth at firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate you are responding to this announcement and whether you are a member of ISSOTL and/or other biology society (ecology, evolution, cell biology, development, physiology, plant biology, microbiology etc.) You may also wish to visit and join our website (http://bioedres.wetpaint.com/).
Are you someone who is involved in planning, teaching, or assessing curricula for your institution’s general education program or core curriculum? Are you responsible for the development of faculty/staff instructors? To better advance SoTL within institutions and across higher education, SoTL in general education programs must be explored further. We are seeking founding members to form an ISSOTL General Education Interest Group to explore the role of SoTL in general education and core curricula. If you are interested in being a founding member of the General Education Interest Group, please send your contact information to Lisa Hunter (email@example.com).
To propose an Interest Group, send your application to the Membership and Communications Committee Chair. To post a call for members here and/or in The International Commons, send it to the editor Nancy Chick. You may also send your call to the ISSOTL-Discuss listserv and post it on Facebook.
SSOTL's first external affiliate group formed through converging interests of historians in Britain, Australia, Sweden, and the United States at ISSOTL 2006 in Washington, D.C. View their website here.
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Canada’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is a national association of academics interested in the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. For more information, visit their website at www.stlhe.ca/.