ASM Scholars Program Highlighted at ISSOTL Conference

ASM members attended the 2007 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Conference “Locating Learning: Integrative Dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” in Sydney, Australia, 2–5 July 2007. More than 700 international faculty members, students, and administrators attended the conference. The ISSOTL organization serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary teaching and learning.  

ASM members Spencer Benson, University of Maryland, College Park; Alix Darden, The Citadel; and Heidi Elmendorf, Georgetown University, presented the panel session “Building Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Capacity in the Sciences: A Case Study of the American Society for Microbiology’s Scholarsin- Residence (ASMSiR) Program.” The ASMSiR program serves as a model for how societies work to foster the scholarship of teaching and learning in their memberships. The panel discussed the challenges and successes experienced in developing and field testing the ASMSiR program; the mentoring framework that helps to shape, refine, and critique SoTL projects; and the success of the first two cohorts in designing, completing, presenting, and publishing their SoTL projects, creating a community of practice, and providing leaders in the area of SoTL. The panel also presented measures of success comparing and contrasting ASM Scholars “going public” through publication and presentation and impacting campus-wide SoTL initiatives as leaders in the field.  

For more information about the ASM Scholars- in-Residence program, contact Kelly Gull at The deadline to apply for the 2008–2009 ASM Scholars-in-Residence Program is 1 February 2008.