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Report from the ISSOTL Publications Advisory Committee (PAC)

The last few months have seen the fruition of two years of planning, extensive member input, and much discussion, culminating in the launch of Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI) in its new Open Access format and new home at the University of Calgary.

Teaching & Learning Inquiry Volume 4 Number 1 is Available

The latest issue of Teaching & Learning Inquiry - the first new issue since TLI moved to open-access - is now available. See the Table of Contents for a full list of the issue's exciting articles. Thank you Nancy Chick, Gary Poole, and members of the Publications Committee for moving the journal in this exciting, new direction.

Update from the Students as Co-Inquirers SIG

by Kelly Matthews and Shevell Thibou

Lovely to see folks in Melbourne for the 2015 ISSOTL Conference. New chairs were selected at the Students as Co-Inquirers Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting. As those new co-chairs, we would like to introduce ourselves.

Teaching Ideas Competition Award

The Mass Communication & Society Division of the Association for Education of Journalism & Mass Communication is offering an award that is grounded in the Study of Teaching and Learning. The call for entries is posted here: http://aejmc.us/mcs/awards/teaching-awards/teaching-ideas-competition/

Award entries are due on April 30.

Students as Co-inquirers SIG Has New Co-chairs!

By Carmen Werder

The ISSoTL Special Interest Group Students as Co-inquirers was launched in 2009 by Carmen Werder and Megan Otis from Western Washington University (WWU).  Its goal was to create 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. 

The SoTL Lit Review, The SoTL Librarian

By Nancy Chick

Last week, Margy MacMillan led a two-hour workshop on the SoTL lit review here at the University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Margy is professor and instruction librarian at Mount Royal University, just across the Bow River. In the world of the scholarship of teaching and learning, Margy is a powerful presence behind the scenes as undoubtedly the most active librarian in the international SoTL community. She calls herself an “information hummingbird,” taking information from one place and distributing it more broadly. 

New Email Discussion List for Members

ISSOTL has a new email discussion list for members to share CFPs, job announcements, and questions. Current members were automatically subscribed, and list membership will be updated monthly. To send a message to the list, email issotl-discussion@lists.issotl.news. Only members can post. Your welcome message includes information about changing your list settings (e.g., setting the list to digest, etc.). Questions? Contact Jessie L. Moore, Communications Committee Chair, at jmoore28@elon.edu

New Leadership and New Directions for Student Engagement SIG

The New Year marks some large changes for the Special Interest Group on Student Engagement (SIGSE). This year, the objective of the group is to find new ways to empower students in research and increase student ownership. The present leadership of the group exemplifies this; the SIG is chaired by Sam Dvorakova, an undergraduate student, and supported by two co-chairs, Miriam Carey and Paul Taylor, both respected faculty in the field. Through the new leadership, we have become one of the first groups in ISSOTL to not only include students in our midst, but to support students in taking executive positions and shaping the group.

Conference on Excellent Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Registration is now open for the July 24th-25th Conference on Excellent Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, hosted by The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. More information about the conference can be found at the conference website.  The conference features keynotes by George Kuh (Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale) and W. Brad Johnson (On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Faculty in Higher Education), multi-institutional research conducted through the 2014-2016 Center for Engaged Learning Research Seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, and related research by other scholars.

Invitation to Participate in Multi-Disciplinary SOTL Study

Dear SOTL colleagues:

We are writing to invite you to participate in a multi‐disciplinary Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) project investigating how graduate students’ participation in a graduate pedagogy course influences their development as teacher‐scholars. Our Indiana University investigator team is Valerie O’Loughlin (Medical Sciences), Jennifer Meta Robinson (Anthropology), Catherine Sherwood‐Laughlin (Applied Health Science), and Katherine Kearns (Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning). This project was reviewed and granted exempt status by the IU Institutional Review Board (IU IRB # 150357724).

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