Psychology professor Sarah Bunnell received the good news in June; she had been elected vice president of the United States region for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL).
According to the organization’s website, “The goal [of the organization] is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates postsecondary learning and teaching.”
Bunnell began serving as vice president on July 1.
The position entails establishing quality guidelines and teaching and learning practices, as well as fostering collaboration over scholarly works.
Professor Bunnell says that she hopes that her position will help increase recognition of the scholarly teaching and learning done on liberal arts campuses and promote the value of a liberal arts education.
After receiving her PhD at the University of Kansas, Bunnell joined the Ohio Wesleyan psychology department in 2010. Bunnell teaches psychology courses at all levels.
Bunnell’s colleagues support her new leadership role. “Dr. Bunnell’s active participation and leadership in this organization has helped her promote important discussions,” said professor Lynda Hall, chair of the department.
“Over the next three years, I’m looking forward to increasing the profile of Ohio Wesleyan and other liberal arts campuses, to contribute to the larger scholarly body of work on teaching and learning and to hopefully increase student involvement in this conversation and collaborative process,” says Bunnell.