The ISSOTL22 Program Committee is very excited to announce the three keynotes for our upcoming ISSOTL22 conference, which will be held in Kelowna, BC, Canada from November 2 to 5, 2022. Each of these keynotes will speak to elements of our theme for this year’s ISSOTL Conference – “At the Intersections of SoTL: Transfer and Transformation, Diversity and Inclusivity”.
Our opening keynote speaker will be Dr. Bryan Dewbsury, speaking about approaches to researching equity in higher education and the transformation of teaching and learning environments. Originally from Trinidad, Bryan is an Associate Professor of Biology and Associate Director of STEM Transformation Institute at the Florida International University. His research focuses on questions relating to identity constructs, bias, relationships, and the effects of those variables on learning in students. He is ultimately interested in helping to re-frame the education discussion to better address questions of equity and community-building. His work addresses pressing issues such as student retention in STEM fields (especially in higher education), the under-representation of minority groups in certain STEM fields, and the role of affect (instructor and student) in promoting student learning gains. He uses the results of those efforts to help faculty develop inclusive curricula and a sense of community in the classroom. He is also a Fellow with the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.
Our second keynote speaker is Dr. Margaret Kovach, speaking to diversifying the ways we ask questions about teaching and learning, particularly through Indigenous Methodologies. Of Plains Cree and Saulteaux ancestry, Margaret is a Professor and Associate Dean, Indigenous Education and Director of NITEP with the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her teaching interests include Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous adult and higher education, and anti-oppressive teacher education. Her research in the area of Indigenous higher education explores ways in which Canadian universities can cultivate environments that enhance the experience for Indigenous scholars and graduate students. Her teaching, research, and writing are compelled by a particular interest in how members of university communities might work, learn, and live at the intersectionality of diversity in the service of compassionate, socially just relations.
Our third keynote speaker is Dr. Ekatarina (Katya) Pechinkina, addressing how SoTL can have an impact on transforming teaching and learning in higher education, particularly in advancing equitable and inclusive teaching and learning environments, and how we might think differently about having an impact in SoTL. Katya is a cultural anthropologist, education researcher, and award-winning lecturer at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to Indigenous education and critical race theory, her current research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, educational technology, and creative writing. She is an author, having published two genre-blending fiction books with Macmillan US (under a pen name), and has contributed short stories and poetry to literary journals and themed anthologies.
The conference will feature pre-conference collaborative writing groups, pre-conference workshops facilitated by leading scholars in the field, distinguished international plenary speakers, panel discussions, individual paper and poster presentations, concurrent workshops, and ISSOTL’s signature Conference Commons for informal idea-sharing and networking.