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UEL academic Earle Abrahamson awarded fellowship

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Sports therapy senior lecturer Earle Abrahamson recognised with teaching and learning fellowship

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) has awarded the University of East London’s Earle Abrahamson, senior lecturer in sports therapy, a prestigious fellowship.

The fellowship programme, introduced this year, recognises leaders who have made exemplary contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning locally, nationally, or internationally. Mr Abrahamson and nine other academics from around the world will be expected to “build communities in the pursuit of knowledge and sharing” over the duration of the fellowship.

Mr Abrahamson said, “I was extremely pleased to learn that I was one of the nine fellows. The application process was arduous, but it was fantastic to receive positive feedback and recognition. The competition was fierce and demanding, but I wanted to put myself out there to test the international waters”

ISSOTL is an organisation that serves academics, staff and students who care about teaching and learning as intellectual work. The society explores how academics use research to inform the way they teach and how they make a change and impact in the classroom and from a management and leadership level.

As a fellow, Mr Abrahamson will have the opportunity to connect with other fellows for potential collaborations and projects, mentor colleagues who have a desire to develop their skills in teaching and learning, and participate in awards panels.

Mr Abrahamson has been teaching for 26 years and has been a member of ISSOTL for over 11 years.

Fellows were asked to produce a dossier outlining ways in which they have empowered communities, developed programs dedicated to mentorship and shown sustained engagement and leadership.

One (anonymous) judge said of Mr Abrahamson’s dossier, “In two decades of doing scholarship of teaching and learning work (SoTL) work, I’ve never seen a better description of what the ‘making teaching and learning public’ part of SoTL is all about and the transformational capacity that it represents.”