The inaugural SOTL in the South Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July 2017 coincided with the launch of this journal. The conference provided the occasion for this second, special issue of SOTL in the South, which includes a selection of papers submitted for publication after being double-blind peer-reviewed. The inimitable force behind both this journal and the conference was our editor-in-chief, Professor Brenda Leibowitz. Sadly, Brenda passed away on April 26, 2018, just a day after this issue was initially published online.
Brenda was a force for good in higher education, and in her work, she sought out a higher education space that was more caring of its participants: students and teachers alike. Her efforts were aimed at supporting academics – particularly young academics – to engage in scholarly teaching practice, and these efforts are reflected in some of the papers that appear in this issue. Brenda was a friend, colleague, supervisor and mentor to all of us involved in SOTL in the South, and to many others. It is with deep sorrow but also gratitude and pride that we dedicate this special issue to her.