This year is proving very interesting – not only are we switching all our staff-development work online (and we will be covering this over the coming weeks) – we are also Guest Editors for the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP) Special Issue 2021 ‘Collaboration in Higher Education: Working in Partnership with Students, Academic Colleagues and Others’. This is a CfP – with proposals due 15th December. We are building in some time and space for this because we know how pressurised is the work context right now. We do hope that we here from you.
The special issue focuses on the opportunities (and challenges) created by engaging in collaboration and partnership in higher education. As higher education institutions become ever more competitive to sustain their place in a global, neoliberal education market, students and staff are increasingly confronted with alienating practices. Such practices create an audit and surveillance culture that is exacerbated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the wholesale ‘pivot’ to online teaching. In this individualistic and competitive climate we are looking for papers that advocate a more inclusive and empowering education. One that sees learning and teaching as a practice that enables personal, collective and societal growth rather than a means to an end. The human element of education is therefore at the core of this special issue: focusing on what we can do and achieve together, both students and (academic) staff.
Contributions of desire
We are interested in theoretical and practical explorations of how students and staff can take control of where and how they work together; finding their academic identities in ways that are recognised by the academy, but which they negotiate more on their own terms, and in collaboration.
We want to showcase innovative approaches, fresh applications of theory and/or creative responses to policy that “reframe” ideas of partnership and collaboration in the university context. Emphasis is on collaborative endeavours that can improve the experience of students and staff. In particular, we are seeking contributions that creatively address the areas below (noting all proposals related to the special issue theme will be considered):
- Staff and students working in partnership
- “Re-framing” group projects and teamwork for co-learning
- Collaborative educational research, joint writing and joint authorship
- Co-creation of learning/learning spaces and ‘being with’ (staff with students, but also staff with staff including cross-disciplinary partnerships)
- Collaborations with ‘other’ stakeholders
- Partnership for social justice
- Virtually connecting
The vision for this special edition is to seed the development of an ecology of collaborative practice and advocate for joint learning and teaching approaches in higher education.
Developing a high-quality proposal
We recommend the creation of a single document (Word document preferably) that contains the following:
- Proposed article title
- Proposed authors names and affiliations
- A clear evidence-based rationale for the line of inquiry proposed/covered
- Research question(s) – case study focus
- Proposed method (for both theoretical and empirical manuscripts)
- Practice-based implications of the proposed research/case study.
The word limit for the proposal is 250 words (not including references) and is designed to give the Editorial Team a sense of the rigour of the manuscript proposed and the possible implications of such research. The Editorial Team may return with an invitation to combine similar manuscripts. Acceptance of proposals does not guarantee acceptance of final manuscripts.
Final papers should be between 5,000 – 7,000 words, including references, or approximately 15 pages with an upper limit of 20 pages. Papers should include:
- A clear rationale and theoretical underpinnings
- Context of work
- Case study examples
- Evaluation and impacts
- Implications and recommendations
- Call for papers open: 25 September 2020
- Proposals due: 15 December 2020
- Acceptance notifications: 15 January 2021
- Full papers due: 1 June 2021
- Final revised papers due: 1 October 2021
- Target publication date: 30 November 2021
For further information, or to submit an abstract (due 15 December 2020), please email us: Sandra Abegglen email@example.com: Tom Burns firstname.lastname@example.org; and Sandra Sinfield email@example.com