Naming is Power

Citation Practices in SoTL




citation practices, inclusivity, diversity


Citing is a political act. It is a practice that can work both sides of the same coin: it can give voice, and it can silence. Through this research, we call for those contributing to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) to attend to this duality explicitly and intentionally. In this multidisciplinary field, SoTL knowledge-producers bring the citation norms of their home disciplines, a habit that calls for interrogation and negotiation of the citation practices used in this shared space. The aim of our study was to gather data about how citation is practiced within the SoTL community: who we cite, how we cite, and what values, priorities, and politics are conveyed in these practices. We were also interested in whether any self-selected categories of identity (e.g., gender, career stage) related to self-described citation practices and priorities. Findings suggest several statistically significant relationships did emerge, which we identify as important avenues for further research and writing. We conclude with 10 principles of citation practices in SoTL. 


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Author Biographies

Nancy L. Chick, Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development, Rollins College

Nancy L. Chick is the Director of the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development at Rollins College (USA).

Sophia Abbot, George Mason University

Sophia Abbot is a second-year PhD student in higher education at George Mason University (USA) and holds a M.A. in higher education from Elon University (USA).

Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, University of Sydney

Lucy Mercer-Mapstone is a principal researcher focusing on understanding students’ experiences of higher education through a feminist lens (AUS).

Christopher P. Ostrowdun, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

Christopher Ostrowdun holds a PhD in learning sciences from the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary (CAN).

Krista Grensavitch, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Krista Grensavitch holds a PhD in history and an MA in women’s and gender studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA).


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How to Cite

Chick, Nancy L., Sophia Abbot, Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, Christopher P. Ostrowdun, and Krista Grensavitch. 2021. “Naming Is Power: Citation Practices in SoTL”. Teaching and Learning Inquiry 9 (2).