Call for Proposals, Special Issue (2021): International Journal for Academic Development, IJAD

Conversations on learning and teaching: changing conceptions and practice

Deadline Proposals: March 2020

Deadline Manuscripts: August 2020

Submit Proposals and manuscripts: Link Arrow here 

For inquiries about this Special Issue, please contact Peter Felten, Link Arrow

Anticipated publication: June 2021                                                                                          


Roxa and Mårtensson (2009) established that significant conversations about teaching and learning are important for academic development. These “backstage” conversations typically occur among small groups of trusted colleagues, and influence academic teachers’ everyday practices and conceptions of learning and teaching. Yet the best conditions for such conversations are not well understood, nor do we have a clear view of how contexts influence the pedagogical changes that emerge from them.

This special issue will explore the nature and influence of higher education teachers’ conversations on teaching and learning. It aims to draw on research about teaching conversations within formal academic development activities, as well as informal settings, including factors such as:

  • Characteristics of conversation participants (early career or more senior academics, discipline, personal and social identities, etc.)
  • Conversation sites and settings (within or outside of academic development programming, face-to-face or blended, etc.)
  • Capturing the processes and products of these conversations (reflective activities, scholarship of teaching and learning, etc.)
  • Meso- and macro-level contexts for the conversations (institutional and national contexts, etc.)

The editorial team for this special issue is:

Gabriela Pleschová (Comenius University, Slovakia)
Torgny Roxå (Lund University, Sweden)
Kate Thomson (University of Sydney, Australia)
Peter Felten (IJAD; Elon University, US)


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). More details about paper types are on the IJAD website. We require full manuscripts to be submitted by 1 August 2020 in order to be reviewed and revised for publication in 2021.

If you wish, you may first submit a 500 word proposal by 1 March 2020 outlining your proposed submission (emphasizing how it relates to the special issue’s topic, the literature upon which you will draw, and your approach). 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 August 2020.

Authors are welcome to submit full manuscripts without going through the proposals process.

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

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.

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