The ISSOTL Board is pleased to announce that Kelly Schrum has been selected as the next co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI), joining Katarina Mårtensson, who will continue in her co-editor role. Kelly will assume the position in January 2021, as founding co-editor Nancy Chick transitions out.
Kelly is an associate professor of higher education in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University near Washington, D.C. (United States). She is actively engaged in SoTL research, with current projects focused on scholarly digital storytelling, teaching and learning the history of higher education, and student engagement and learning in an online program. Kelly also has a history of active involvement in ISSOTL. She has presented at ISSOTL conferences, served as an ISSOTL Buddy, judged the ISSOTL Student Awards, participated in the ISSOTL Student Awards Judging and Marking Scheme Working Group, and served as a reviewer both for TLI and for ISSOTL conferences.
Kelly brings extensive editorial experience to the TLI position. Most recently, she has served as an associate editor for TLI since January 2019 and is deeply committed to promoting scholarship across disciplinary and geographical boundaries, diversity and inclusion, and open access scholarly communication about teaching and learning. As associate editor, Kelly recruited an undergraduate student as TLI’s editorial assistant and worked with the Publications Committee to secure ongoing funding for the position; collaborated with the editorial team and Erik Christiansen, TLI Technical Consultant, to improve the journal’s Open Journal System (OJS) processes; and led efforts to update TLI’s reviewer database. Kelly previously served as the Website Reviews Editor for Journal of American History, and as the Secrets of Great History Teachers Editor for The History Teacher; History Matters. She also brings experience serving as an executive producer for several multimedia projects.
The search was managed by the ISSOTL Publications Committee, co-chaired by Jessie L. Moore and Claire Hamshire. Committee members noted that Kelly is “passionate about TLI, the co-editor role, and the broader SoTL community” and that she has “ambitious and concrete ideas for the journal’s future,” including strategies for reaching out to potential authors who don’t currently think of their work in SoTL terms. Her deep knowledge of the journal, its internal processes, and its ethos will help during the co-editor transition and contribute to the long-term success of the journal.
The Publications Committee will continue to work with the journal co-editors and the ISSOTL Board to deepen long-term, sustainable strategies for TLI’s editorial structure and leadership. Watch for updates about the journal’s associate editor roles and for a celebration of Nancy Chick’s long-term service to the journal.