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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Journals, Publishers, and Conferences
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (or SoTL) is a growing field of interests, with a number of peer-reviewed journals focusing on the topic. There are two approaches to SoTL: general and discipline-specific. In other words, there are a number of journals devoted the the more general questions of teaching and learning in higher education, and others that are devoted to specific issues around disciple-specific teaching and learning.
These journals are a great outlet for your innovative work in teaching and learning, but they are also invaluable resources for enriching your own teaching practices. This list of SoTL journals, curated by the University of Central Florida, includes a link to research on acceptance rates for submissions to various journals, while this list of SoTL journals from the American Library Association, indicates the “best” journals, as well as which ones are Open Access.
The two largest publishers for SoTL are Jossey-Bass and Stylus. Both publisher have an extensive collection of books focusing on teaching and learning in higher education. Many discipline-specific professional organizations also publish books on teaching within the disciplines, such as the Modern Languages Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the American Mathematical Society. Finally, a number of university presses are beginning to publish SoTL books.
There are a number of conferences that are dedicated to SoTL. They include:
The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) Conference
Some discipline-specific organizations, like the American Political Science Association, have their own teaching conferences. There are also a number of regional conferences about teaching and learning, such as our own Kentucky Pedagogicon.
As you can see, there are a number of opportunities for you to share and learn more about teaching and learning. We at CELT can help you find the right outlet for your work and help craft your proposals.