Ohio Wesleyan University faculty member Sarah Bunnell has been elected as a vice president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
The organization works to “foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching,” according to OWU officials.
“I’m quite excited to be serving as a vice president for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for the next three years,” said Bunnell, an assistant professor of psychology who joined the OWU faculty in 2011.
“In particular, I am interested in increasing the presence of liberal arts teachers and scholars in this discussion and community of practice,” Bunnell said. “[I]n some ways, we are ideally positioned to conduct research into teaching and learning because of the support for innovative pedagogies we are afforded. I’d like to highlight the good work that is coming out of liberal arts campuses and help us continue to improve our teaching and our students’ learning by connecting to this larger community of scholars.”
At Ohio Wesleyan, Bunnell teaches classes including Introduction to Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, and Applied Atypical Child Development.
An expert in developmental psychology, Bunnell’s pedagogical research focuses on the development and potential benefits of metacognitive reflection on student learning, both in individual courses as well as across students’ four years at the university.
“In a nutshell,” she explained, “I’m interested in how students learn to think about their own thinking, and whether helping students continuously reflect on their learning and themselves influences their success in the classroom, in their majors, and in their future trajectories.”
Bunnell has been involved with the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning since 2007, when she presented two papers at the annual conference in Sydney, Australia, along with co-author, Daniel Bernstein of the University of Kansas, where she earned her doctoral degree in developmental and cognitive psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology.
Over the past eight years, Bunnell has presented 14 additional papers and workshops at ISSoTL conferences. She assumed her role as vice president July 1, and will attend the 2015 annual conference in October in Melbourne, Australia.