From the Editor…
Looking back upon my first year as Editor of InSight, I find myself overwhelmed with a sense of enlightenment. I have become much more deeply invested in the rich and varied pursuits within the ever-expanding field of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), which is why I am particularly proud to bring this installment, Volume 13, to our readers.
This issue opens with a reflective introduction by Miami University’s Dr. Gregg Wentzell that serves as an encouraging call to action for all of us to (re)consider the value of scholarly teaching. As such, it makes for a fitting prelude for the various topics tackled in the articles that follow. While our contributing authors grapple with a remarkably diverse set of topics – from grading and assessment practices to mentoring of international teaching assistants – they share in a powerful sense of inspiration. In their examinations, they foster a desire in all of us who teach to reexamine our pedagogy, to reassess teaching effectiveness, and to continue to reinvent the modern post-secondary learning experience across disciplines.
I am equally inspired by and give thanks to the amazing team of individuals who serve as essential contributors to the success and publication of InSight. Dr. Jamie Els is vital to the publication process and has been incredibly gracious this past year in her guidance and advice as I embarked on my editorial role. In addition, former editor Dr. Stacey Kikendall has proven invaluable in her efforts to encourage a smooth transition and continued growth of the journal, and copyeditor Lauren Lovvorn has done an impressive job of diving into her role with enthusiasm. A final thanks as well to our amazing group of peer reviewers, whose dedication to the nuances of scholarly inquiry helped to shape this captivating issue.
– Alexis Culotta, PhD