Deadline Proposals: February 1, 2021
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.
Crisis are defined 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.
The editors 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.
The editors 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.