International Journal for Academic Development

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Special Issue (to be published in 2022)

Academic Development in Times of Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged academic developers to respond creatively to novel and evolving conditions that put extraordinary stresses on individuals, communities, institutions, and the higher education sector. Yet this is not the first time – nor will it be the last – academic development has confronted profound uncertainty related to the purposes, practices, and contexts of our work.

This special issue invites research, theory, and reflection on academic development in times of crisis.

We define crisis broadly to allow for both local and global issues, and to consider crises that may relate to public health, economic, political, social, climate, institutional, personal, ethical, or any other factors that disrupt the status quo in significant ways. Crises are crossroads that challenge existing systems and compel us to reconsider our assumptions; crises often present existential threats, and they might also be opportunities for positive change.

To understand how IJAD defines academic development, authors should read former editor Kathryn Sutherland’s 2018 essay on ‘Holistic academic development’ (IJAD 23:4) and also should consult IJAD’s statement on the aims and scope of the journal.

We are open to traditional — and to novel — approaches and genres for researching, analyzing, and representing academic development in times of crisis. This special issue is an opportunity to revisit not only what we do but also how and why we do it, including how our practice is shaped by specific contexts and circumstances that are often beyond our immediate control.

We encourage scholarly and creative submissions that offer insights, methodologies, and practices that are firmly grounded in a particular context and crisis but that also have implications for academic development more broadly.

You may submit a full-length scholarly article (up to 6000 words), a reflection on practice (1500 words), a reflection on research (1500 words), or a book review (1500 words). If you have questions about creative genres, please consult an IJAD editor. More details about paper types are on the IJAD website. We require full manuscripts to be submitted by 1 June 2021 in order to be reviewed and revised for publication in 2022.

We encourage submission of a 500 word proposal by 1 February 2021 outlining your proposed submission (emphasizing how it relates to the special issue’s topic, the literature upon which you will draw, and your intended genre). Proposals are strongly encouraged for creative genres. The editorial team will provide brief feedback as an indication of the extent to which your proposed paper may fit the parameters of the special issue and you may then submit the full manuscript by 1 June 2021.

Authors are welcome to submit full manuscripts without first receiving feedback through the proposals process.

All manuscripts will go through IJAD’s normal double-blind review process once they are submitted. As with regular IJAD articles, we have no prescribed methodologies and invite you to find creative ways to write about these themes.

Proposals due 1 February 2021 | Manuscripts due 1 June 2021 | Anticipated publication June 2022

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors, Word template, and other relevant information can be found on IJAD’s homepage: www.tandfonline.com/ijad.

Proposals and manuscripts must be submitted online via IJAD’s ScholarOne site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijad

For inquiries about this Special Issue, please contact Henk Huijser, h.huijser@qut.edu.au.

 
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