From the Editor…
As a scholar who studies writing across the disciplines, I am excited to finish my first year editing this volume of InSight. One thing I found especially interesting about editing my first volume was discovering unexpected connections between articles as we prepared this volume for print. The scholars represented in this journal may come from many different disciplinary backgrounds, but it is heartening and invigorating to discover how many concerns, ideas, and themes we share in common.
In our opening editorial, SoTL expert Jana Hunzicker stresses the transformative power of SOTL research for teachers in many disciplines in both secondary and higher education. In this volume, you will read several articles that develop that theme, for example, by focusing on developing signature pedagogy in field education in social work or by transforming teaching through school principal preparation programs.
Collaboration was another emerging theme from this volume, whether that is students collaborating to construct mind maps to develop interdisciplinary thinking or an international collaboration between American education students and Kenyan educators to design new schools. This last article also represents another theme in this volume, the exploration of differing cultural contexts for teaching and learning, a theme further developed by an article examining American and British Universities’ differing stances on innovation and teaching constraints.
Finally, you will read several articles that combine or cut across fields of teaching and learning, for example by including the arts to transform STEM education. You will also read about how faculty across disciplines can be proactive in assessing and using learning analytics in higher education and how faculty benefit from SoTL workshops by developing strong teaching goals. The result of these shared themes and common concerns is this volume of InSight which represents all the advantages of a cross-disciplinary, collaborative, global effort to transform teaching and learning.
I am grateful to the many talented and experienced people who collaborate to make InSight a success. Many thanks to assistant editor Jamie Els for her infinite patience and prodigious knowledge about the journal’s workings. I also would like to thank Stacey Kikendall, who not only encouraged me to take on the editorship, but who shared her experience and advice as a prior editor of InSight. Thank you also for the excellent and speedy work done by our copyeditor, Lauren Lovvorn. Finally, I would like to thank our wonderful team of peer reviewers and Amber Dailey-Hebert, director of the Faculty Center for Innovation at Park University, as well as FCI who make this journal possible.
– Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger, PhD