book cover of Becoming a SoTL Scholar, edited by Janice Miller-Young and Nancy L. Chick
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Sophia Abbot’s “SoTL Citizen: Home and Exile in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” describes what a journey can look like when SoTL is begun as an undergraduate student. Her unique personal and academic journeys have led her to develop a rare identity as a “SoTL citizen,” yet at the same time she has had to push past “repeated questions and gatekeeping” as a student and young scholar. She encourages the reader to push boundaries, to keep the field open, and ultimately to create radical change in higher education. 

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Discussion Questions

  • Do you identify as a SoTL Traveler, SoTL Exile, or SoTL Citizen? How has that identification shifted for you over time? How might it change in the future?
  • Try to map the edges of yourself as a scholar. Where does SoTL fit on that map?
  • What might you do to ease the transition of SoTL travelers and exiles in the field? How can you support the development of SoTL citizens?
  • Think about the assumptions you hold about what scholarship should look like. Which assumptions could you do without? What would it look like to create scholarship differently?