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Proposal Deadline: 31 March 2019 | Full Manuscript Deadline: 31 August 2019

Special Issue

Strategic Academic Development in Asia

The special issue focuses on academic development research and practice with the goal of enhancing higher education in Asian contexts. Asia is seeing rapid growth in academic development as a result of, among other reasons, global trends to enhance and assure teaching quality; advances in technology that have huge implications for the world of work, and consequently for higher education and academic practice; and changing demographics that are reinforcing the need for continuing education, training, and professional learning.

Forces such as these compel academic developers to become more strategic in positioning themselves towards institutional needs, while at the same time being mindful of various pressures associated with managerialism and trust. In negotiating these pressures, it is essential to move from traditional, reactive, ad hoc strategies that focus on working with individuals, and towards more sustainable, longer term partnership with groups of academics; students; and others who support learning, research, and teaching.

Submissions should be situated within the institutional context from which they derive, but have clear implications for academic development practice and/or research beyond that context. Contributions must take a critical, analytic approach underpinned by relevant theoretical frameworks and must advance the ongoing scholarly conversation around academic development. Topics such as the following could be addressed, with specific reference to strategic academic development in Asia:

  • Critical considerations for strategic development of university teaching, research, and learning through more holistic approaches to academic development across the whole of the academic role, the whole institution, and the whole person
  • Academic identities: fostering ways of integrating learning, research, scholarship, and teaching
  • Establishing collegial networks and communities of practice in the service of strengthening academic development
  • How academic developers can influence systemic processes to enable long-term and sustainable changes in university teaching, for example in assessment practices and curriculum
  • Fostering an inquiry approach through the scholarship of teaching and learning in order to enhance teaching and educational leadership
  • Recognition and reward of teaching achievement, e.g. support for teaching awards and promotion schemes to professionalize teaching and academic development
  • Academic development and the ‘unbundling’ / ‘rebundling’ of higher education in relation to the push for industry relevance / continuing education and training, artificial intelligence, and the fourth industrial revolution

Submission Guidelines

You may submit a full-length scholarly article (length up to 6000 words), a reflection on practice paper (1500 words), a reflection on research paper (1500 words), or a book review (1500 words). More details about these paper types are on the IJAD website.

We require full manuscripts to be submitted by 31 August 2019 in order to be reviewed and revised for publication in 2020. If you wish, you may first submit a proposal by 31 March 2019, of up to 500 words, outlining your proposed submission (emphasizing how it relates to aspects of strategic academic development that your manuscript will highlight, the literature upon which you will draw, and the approach your research has taken and/or paper will take). Members of 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 August 2019.

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.

Specifically, we are looking for studies of academic development that focus on the Asian context and/or have direct or indirect implications for such work within the larger context of academic development. As with regular IJAD articles, we have no prescribed methodologies and invite you to find creative ways to write about these themes.


Proposals due 31 March 2019 | Manuscripts due 31 August 2019 | Anticipated publication in June 2020

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.

Proposals and manuscripts must be submitted online via IJAD’s ScholarOne site.

For further information or for queries about this Special Issue, please contact Johan Geertsema or Mark Gan Joo Seng

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