The Eden Centre is delighted to announce five Eden Fellows in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) who will undertake research on contemporary discipline-specific approaches to teaching. This research in the form of scholarly interviews with international experts will feature in a special issue, Conversations in the Disciplines: From Pedagogy to Practice. This issue will be edited by Lee-Ann Sequeira (LSE Eden Centre) and Sanchayan Banerjee (LSE Geography and Environment) and published on the LSE Higher Education Blog and/or other publication outlets.
The second round of the call for applications is currently open. The submission deadline is Monday 11 April.
The 2021/22 Fellows and their respective research topics are:
Topic: How scholars from all disciplines can employ an activist agenda in higher education
Nihan is a social psychologist researching social identity dynamics and intergroup relations underlying prosocial attitudes and behaviours, especially within the context of global emergencies, migration, and higher education. She has taught on several courses - Psychological and Behavioural Science, Research Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Science, and Social Psychology. She received her PhD from LSE in 2021 and is a visiting Fellow at the school. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Open University.
Topic: An interview with Jake Wright about how teaching practices in universities contribute to 'naively sceptical' responses from students that undermine the educational goals of higher education
Luke is a Fellow in the Department of Government. Prior to starting at the LSE, he completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Oxford. Luke's work focuses on the political philosophy of Kant, with a special focus on Kant's account of rights and duties. Luke teaches on the Introduction to Political Theory course. Prior to his PhD, Luke completed the BPhil in philosophy at Oxford and a BA in philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is from Toronto.
Meghan Rose Donnelly
Topic: Performance ethnography as a collaborative pedagogy situated at the intersection of the social sciences and the arts
Meghan is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at LSE focusing on an Indonesian order of Catholic nuns. Her research investigates how selves are co-created in the company of others. Drawing on her experience as a theatre artist, Meghan experiments with playmaking as a pedagogy and research methodology. She has directed two research-based ethnographic plays: Nearly Collapsed and Convent Calling. She has taught on the Introduction to Anthropology and Advanced Theory in Anthropology courses. An American living in London, she holds a Masters’ degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a Bachelors’ degree from Williams College.
Topic: ‘Punk pedagogies’ and other pedagogies shaped by subcultural theories and practices, within the contemporary (and increasingly digital) university
Daniel is a contemporary political historian, and an LSE Fellow teaching on the interdisciplinary LSE100 course. His doctoral research focused on left-wing activists’ experiences of, and relationships to place and space in 20th century Croydon, south London. Daniel undertook undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at LSE and SOAS, University of London. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mile End Institute (Queen Mary, University of London).
Topic: How we can encourage Social Science students to apply quantitative methods in a useful manner while reflecting critically about their limitations
Fiona is a PhD student in the Department of Social Policy at LSE. Using mixed methods, she explores the relationship between educational stratification and understandings of meritocracy in different European countries. She is a co-founder of the Doctoral Research Group on Inequality and Social Mobility, an interdisciplinary forum for early career-researchers. Prior to embarking on her PhD journey, Fiona worked as a Researcher at NatCen Social Research, where she gained experience in qualitative and mixed methods. She has taught courses on research methods both in the Department of Social Policy and the Department of Sociology.
This fellowship scheme was made possible through a partnership with the LSE Eden Centre and the LSE Department of Geography and Environment.