ISSOTL Fellows Program

The ISSOTL Fellows Program is designed to provide a collaborative leadership opportunity for ISSOTL members interested in mentorship and outreach aimed at enriching and expanding the ISSOTL community.  ISSOTL Fellows join colleagues from across the globe to form a cohort of SoTL ambassadors and advocates.  Together, the Fellows contribute to the breadth and depth of ISSOTL’s support for SoTL by

  • mentoring emerging SoTL scholars in ISSOTL as they develop a SoTL portfolio, form an international network, and/or explore the potential of SoTL within their career trajectories, and

  • reaching out to grow the ISSOTL community, especially from new geographical and disciplinary areas, institutions, and populations.

The mentorship and outreach experiences gained through the Program expand each ISSOTL Fellow’s professional visibility and capacity for collaborative leadership and professional outreach, while the cohort—a blend of regions, disciplines, and career stages—becomes the Fellow’s community of peers with shared commitments.  Through the work of the cohort and the relationships forged through its processes, the ISSOTL Fellows Program enriches each Fellow’s professional life and serves as public recognition of their exceptional contributions to an international organization.

Examples of mentorship and outreach activities for individual ISSOTL Fellows and the cohort as a whole include but are not limited to the following:

  • hosting “office hours” (in person at the annual ISSOTL conference, virtually at other times) for mentoring emerging SoTL scholars,
  • participating in the New to ISSOTL sessions for new members and first-time ISSOTL conference participants, 
  • developing materials for the ISSOTL website or blog and/or for submission to Teaching & Learning Inquiry to support the goals of the ISSOTL Fellows Program,

  • Serving as a reviewer for Teaching & Learning Inquiry and/or ISSOTL conference proposals
  • Contributing to ISSOTL blogs, newsletters, and other avenues of communication
  • Serving as ISSOTL ambassadors and advocates, particularly to mentor colleagues from underrepresented regions or academic positionalities. 

Selection Process (Recognition Committee)

ISSOTL Fellows are selected through an application and adjudication process facilitated by the ISSOTL Recognition Committee, which oversees selection processes for all ISSOTL elections, awards, and recognitions.

Guidance & Substantive Support (Advocacy Committee)

The ISSOTL Fellows cohort, once established, is guided by a subgroup within the ISSOTL Advocacy Committee (i.e., two co-facilitators) with collaborative leadership also coming from the cohort as a whole. The ISSOTL Fellows co-facilitators, through their role on the Advocacy Committee, support the work of the cohort and serve as liaisons between the larger Advocacy Committee and the ISSOTL Fellows cohort.  As liaisons, ISSOTL Fellows Program co-facilitators work to ensure alignment between the shared goals of the Advocacy Committee and the Fellows, by encouraging projects and activities that build on ISSOTL’s mission-driven work while also allowing for the creativity of the cohort.

2020 Fellows
  • Michelle J. Eady, Associate Professor, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Mandy Frake-Mistak, Educational Developer, York University, Canada
  • Melanie Hamilton, EdD Candidate, Western University & Educational Development Specialist, Lethbridge College, Canada
  • Amrita Kaur, Senior Lecturer (Educational Psychology), Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Hasitha Mahabaduge, Assistant Professor of Physics, Georgia College, USA
  • Patrick Maher, Dean of Teaching, Nipissing University, Canada
  • Marian McCarthy, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), University College Cork, Ireland
  • Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, Lecturer in Curriculum, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Jane Pritchard, Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
2019 Fellows
  • Earle Abrahamson,  (University of East London, UK)
  • Anita Acai,  (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Qi Gao,  (Beijing Institute of Technology, China)
  • Ruth Healey,  (University of Chester, UK)
  • Kirsten Jack,  (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
  • David Pace,  (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
  • Nachamma Sockalingam, (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)
  • Roselynn Verwoord, (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Cherie Woolmer,  (McMaster University, Canada)

2021 Update

In light of the twin circumstances of the pandemic and ISSOTL’s new structure, the Board of Directors have decided the Society and Fellows Program are better served if we spend some time reviewing the initiative and more actively engaging the two cohorts of 18 ISSOTL Fellows. We will therefore suspend the call for application for a new cohort for the time being. Look instead for opportunities to connect with the ISSOTL Fellows this year and updates about the program next year.