International Collaborative Writing Groups: The ICWG-Public Track

ICWG-Public cohorts focus on writing for audiences beyond the academy to produce public SoTL, or works of public scholarship informed by SoTL.

In her ISSOTL19 closing keynote entitled “SoTL as Public Scholarship,” Nancy Chick explained how public SoTL “extends the purpose of SoTL toward advocacy, its audiences toward a broader public, its products toward more public forms of communication, and its influence beyond courses and academic programs. This outreach model begins with the recognition that SoTL and public scholarship have common roots in Ernest Boyer’s expansion of recognized scholarships: his notion of ‘the scholarship of teaching’ (1990) grew into SoTL, and his later description of ‘the scholarship of engagement’ (1996) encompasses what we now call public scholarship, with the goal of developing spaces where ‘the academic and civic cultures communicate more continuously and more creatively with each other’ in order to ‘connect the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic, and ethical problems.’

Chronology of the First ICWG-Public Cohort

Late 2021 or early 2022Co-Leaders will form the first groups. The calls for applications for both group facilitators and group participants will be distributed later in 2021.
October 2022After working together at a distance, the cohort will gather for ISSOTL22.

ICWG-Public Products

The products of the ICWGs-Public will be more public modes of writing, in forms aimed at audiences beyond academics, such as white papers, public statements on pressing issues, material for mainstream media, web resources, public art installations or performances, or series of blog posts, podcasts, or audio-visual content.