Teaching in Focus Conference 2017

Date: May 17 and May 18, 2017

TIF 2017 Conference details

This year, we were delighted to welcome Nancy Chick from Calgary as our keynote speaker.


Nancy Chick is University Chair in Teaching and Learning, Academic Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Teaching Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She is also the founding co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry (the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/ISSOTL), co-editor of two books on signature pedagogies, and author of a variety of publications about SoTL projects she’s conducted as well as SoTL as a field.

Nancy’s keynote discussed Publishing SoTL: Towards a SoTL Writing Culture

Many SoTL projects that would help us understand and improve learning and teaching sit in the files of teacher-scholars, without ever making it to the desktops of editors. This premature endpoint can be attributed, in part, to systemic barriers (e.g., what “counts,” dearth of time and resources), but not completely. Programs, scholarship, and other supports in SoTL are front-loaded: we regularly address the processes of designing SoTL projects, and are often careful to make these discussions relevant across disciplines. However, discussions of how to go public–other than the necessity to do so–are rare. Even more rare is the discussion of how to make this critical step accessible and meaningful to SoTL practitioners across the disciplines. What do SoTL publications look like? What are the expectations and possibilities for these publications? And why is this not already a regular part of SoTL conversations?

2017 TIF Conference