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Welcome to ISSoTL

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.

ISSOTL hosts an annual conference and publishes Teaching & Learning Inquiry.

INTERESTED IN JOINING ISSOTL? See the Join/Renew link under the “Get involved” tab.

Welcome from the President and Board of ISSOTL

2017 promises to be a significant year for ISSOTL.

  • Conference: In October, we will gather in Calgary for an annual conference that promises we will be “reaching new heights” in our individual and collective work. Throughout the year, we will be planning for our 2018 conference in Bergen, Norway – more on that later.
  • Journal: Teaching & Learning Inquiry is flourishing in its new Open Access format. The journal is receiving impressive web traffic, both in quantity of visitors/downloads and in its reach to readers across the globe. With this transition behind it, in 2017 Teaching & Learning Inquiry will be searching for a new co-editor to fill the (large) shoes of Gary Poole, one of the two founding co-editors, who will be retiring.

Nancy Chick honored with 2017 Distinguished Service Award

Each year, the ISSOTL Board organizes a public call for nominations for the Distinguished Service Award. This award is designed to recognize ISSOTL members who have served both ISSOTL and the broader field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in distinguished ways for a significant period of time. 

The formal criteria for the award include:

•  Having a widely acknowledged reputation in the field of SoTL

"Video Booth" at ISSOTL 2017

Building on the ISSOTL 2013 videos produced by the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University for ISSOTL Online 2013, an online conference held in conjunction with the ISSOTL 2013 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, the ISSOTL Communications Committee is piloting several video initiatives at ISSOTL 2017.

Student Presentation and Poster Awards

Dear ISSOTL Student Member,

As your Student Representatives to the ISSOTL Executive Board, we are writing to invite you to submit your work, if you have not done so already, for consideration for the ISSOTL Awards for Best Student Presentation and Poster.

Students & SoTL Committee seeks Judges for ISSOTL's Student Awards

The Students & SoTL Committee is soliciting help from ISSOTL members who will be attending ISSOTL17 and are interested in judging one or more student poster and/or panel presentation(s).  If you are willing to support ISSOTL’s Student Awards as a judge, please email your name, the name of your university, your academic discipline, and the conference days/session times for which you are unavailable, to

Design ISSOTL's New Logo

General Competition Rules

Design a logo for the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to be used on the society website, promotional materials, during the annual conferences, and on the Society’s social media accounts (currently Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn). The deadline for submission is September 30, 2017.

The winner will receive a one-year ISSOTL membership (courtesy of the Board) and a $50 Amazon gift card (courtesy of an ISSOTL member).

A logo entered in this competition:

Apply Now to be ISSOTL's next Part-Time Communications Coordinator

ISSOTL seeks a person to be responsible for expansion, update, maintenance, and promotion of the Society's website. ISSOTL.com operates on Drupal and serves as an access point for a wide range of information about the Society, its resources, its activities, and its communication portals (a journal, conferences, and interactive and social media).

Slow SoTL: A Kind of Manifesto*

by Nancy Chick and Peter Felten

The Slow Movement—originating in Slow Food—challenges the frantic pace, efficiencies, and standardization of contemporary culture. Inspired by this careful attention to a daily task, we think the time is ripe for a Slow SoTL movement.

Advocating for SoTL in Family Science

In the summer of 2016, the major open access pedagogical journal in my discipline, Family Science Review, published a special issue on SoTL in Family Science. I had the honor of being selected to serve as one of two co-editors for that special issue. I saw that position as a wonderful opportunity to advocate for SoTL in my discipline of Family Science and to help bring some of the conversations and literature in the broader international, interdisciplinary SoTL community into the disciplinary SoTL discourse in Family Science. As several of the articles in that special issue documented, SoTL has a very small footprint in Family Science, and few Family Science scholars make repeated or sustained contributions to the disciplinary SoTL literature. Thus, the need for SoTL advocacy in my discipline was clear.  

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