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2017 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Katarina Mårtensson
Division for Higher Education Development
Lund University, Sweden

Dr. Katarina Mårtensson is an academic developer at Lund University, Sweden, since 2000. She works with faculty and leaders within the university in order to promote and support scholarship of teaching and learning (and leading). Her main research interest concerns how social collegial contexts and leadership influence academics in their professional learning. From that point of view she is interested in organizational learning and strategic educational development, where academic culture, leadership, and SoTL are important aspects.

Recent scholarly work include a PhD-thesis (2014): Influencing teaching and learning microcultures: Academic development in a research-intensive university; and an exploratory study of strong academic microcultures (Roxå & Mårtensson 2011/2013).
She is presently (2016), one of two vice-presidents Europe in the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Since 2013, she has been a co-editor of IJAD, the International Journal for Academic Development (Taylor & Francis).

Dr. Beth Marquis
Arts & Science Program and the School of the Arts
McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Beth Marquis is an Assistant Professor in the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University and Associate Director (Research) at the McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning. She serves as Treasurer of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL), and is currently Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Beth’s research focuses on the intersections between teaching and learning and questions of equity and justice, developing and supporting SoTL on university campuses, and film and media texts as public pedagogy. She’s also committed to supporting and researching student-staff partnerships in higher education, and currently oversees McMaster’s unique Student Scholars Program.

Mr. Aaron Long
Department of English
University of Kansas

Aaron Long is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at the University of Kansas (KU), where he teaches undergraduate Composition and Literature courses.  As a Graduate Assistant at KU’s Center for Teaching Excellence he does faculty development, helps train KU’s Graduate Teaching Assistants, and occasionally co-teaches a graduate seminar called Becoming an Effective College Instructor.  Aaron is a Student Representative to the Executive Board of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) and a co-chair of ISSOTL’s Students & SoTL Committee.  His SoTL research focuses on evidence of student learning, learning through games, and working with students as co-researchers.  His dissertation research focuses on 19th- and early-20th-century British literature, science, and technology, with particular interest in mechanical bodies.



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