CALLS FOR PAPERS

Metropolitan Universities journal accepts manuscripts on an ongoing basis related to cutting-edge topics pertinent to urban and metropolitan colleges and universities. Review our Aims and Scope for more information.

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CONTACT THE EDITOR

Have questions? Contact Valerie Holton at vholton@cumuonline.org.

Thematic Calls

Metropolitan Universities journal regularly publishes themed issues.

Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ) seeks to showcase how colleges and universities facilitate and support community-engaged research in ways that sustain community collaboration, partnership development, and substantive impact. While these processes are increasingly well-documented for individual collaborations and projects, a knowledge gap remains at the institutional level.

Manuscript submissions are invited for a special issue, “Developing and Sustaining Institutional Support for Community-Engaged Research,” featuring guest editors, Emily B. Zimmerman and Sarah E. Raskin from Virginia Commonwealth University. This call for complete, full manuscripts is open to all authors who have experience developing, implementing, assessing, and/or evaluating university infrastructure to support community-engaged research.

The journal seeks manuscripts that provide critical, evidence-based reports. Ideally, authors will examine efforts that have been in place long enough to show positive or negative results as documented through data collection, research and/or evaluation processes. Manuscripts using qualitative or quantitative measures are welcome. To allow readers to apply ideas and strategies in other settings, authors should provide a clear description of the challenges and lessons learned.

Manuscripts that offer descriptions of initiatives without relevant data will not be accepted. Manuscripts on specific research projects or partnerships will not be considered. Manuscripts must address community-engaged research infrastructure at the institutional level or long-term initiatives spanning multiple units and disciplines and/or multiple external partners.

Potential topics include:

  • Partnership development, partnership transitions, and community relations
  • Mechanisms for community involvement across the research cycle, especially initiatives focused on underserved communities
  • Mechanisms for community involvement in administration and planning, especially initiatives focused on underserved communities
  • Training, hiring, promotion or compensation of faculty, staff, and community members involved in community-engaged research
  • Funding and fiscal management for community-engaged research
  • Continuity, change, and, when appropriate or necessary, dissolution of partnerships
  • Data and analytics about community-engaged research
  • Digital approaches to community engagement
  • Dissemination and translation
  • Strategic planning
  • Ethics and review boards

Manuscript submission guidelines

We invite submissions of complete manuscripts by November 15, 2022. Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the MUJ Article Submission Guidelines and should be no more than 6,000 words (exclusive of tables, references, etc.). Preference is given to those manuscripts that demonstrate innovation and impact. This issue is scheduled for publication in fall 2023.

Please direct all questions regarding this issue to:

Guest Editors

  • Emily Zimmerman, PhD, MPH, MS, Director of Community Engaged Research, VCU Center on Society and Health, zimmerman@vcuhealth.org
  • Sarah Raskin, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, VCU iCubed Oral Health Core and L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, seraskin@vcu.edu

Editor

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Metropolitan Universities journal is accepting full manuscripts for The Essential Role of Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The 2022 Annual Conference Issue. Manuscripts are due by November 1, 2022. The issue is scheduled for publication in summer 2023.

About the CUMU Annual Conference

The 2022 CUMU Annual Conference calls upon each of us—leaders, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners—to consider the essential role urban and metropolitan universities play in leading a recovery grounded in community, equity, and innovation.

The Essential Role of Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The 2022 Annual Conference Issue invites conference presenters to reflect broadly on how the urban mission can be fully integrated into operations, structure, partnerships, and academic objectives within the following major themes.

  • Cultivating Resilient Campuses in the Midst of Crisis
  • Inclusive Growth and Housing
  • Industry Engagement and Entrepreneurship
  • K-16 Student Success and Support
  • Place-Based Hyperlocal Community Engagement
  • Racial Equity and Social Mobility
  • Regional Collaborations and Partnerships
  • Workforce and Talent Development

Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions of manuscripts by November 1, 2022. Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the MUJ Article Submission and Editorial Guidelines and should be no more than 7,000 words (exclusive of  tables, references, etc).

  • Only presenters at the 2022 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA may submit for publication in this issue.
  • Submissions should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the MUJ Editorial and Submission Guidelines.
  • All presentation formats will be considered for inclusion. Submissions should consider the outcomes of the presentations.
  • Manuscripts should be clear and concise.
  • Shorter submissions for this issue will be considered.
  • Preference is given to those manuscripts that demonstrate innovation and impact and include perspectives across multiple institutions.

Submit complete manuscripts following the MUJ Editorial and Submission Guidelines.

Please direct any questions regarding this issue to:

  • Rochelle Smarr, director of service learning and civic engagement, California State University San Marcos at rsmarr@csusm.edu.
  • Chris Nayve, associate vice president for community engagement and anchor initiatives, University of San Diego at cnayve@sandiego.edu
  • Valerie Holton, editor, at vholton@cumuonline.org.

Metropolitan Universities journal is accepting full manuscripts for Global Outreach and Engagement: Navigating the Tension Between Local Impacts and Global Responsibilities. Manuscripts are due by December 2, 2022. The issue is scheduled for publication in summer 2023.

Metropolitan Universities journal is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue, Global Outreach and Engagement: Navigating the Tension Between Local Impacts and Global Responsibilities. Numerous scholars have pointed to difficulty navigating the tension between local impacts and global responsibilities when engaging communities beyond our campuses (e.g. Burkhardt & Joslin, 2012; Cone & Harris, 2016; García & Longo, 2017; Hartman, Kiely, Boettcher, & Friedrichs, 2018; Hartman & Kiely, 2014; Hunter, White, & Godbey, 2006; Lasker, 2016; Schattle, 2005; Slimbach, 2010; and Sobania, 2015).

This challenge then pushes institutions to beg the question: to whom should we direct our attention and resources? Must we have a bifurcated approach or can local impacts translate to global responsibilities?

Much of the scholarship reflects large, well-funded institutions with robust outreach and engagement centers located in the West. In order to understand this tension and explore ways to address it, we need research that showcases the diversity of institutions. This special issue aims to contribute to the literature by including a diversity of institutions with a focus on those in the global south.

We seek submissions that take into account the impacts of COVID-19 and other global pandemics as well as the impact of conflict and rising upheaval. Focus areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Outcome measurement grounded in cultural context
  • Critically reflexive teaching and learning programs that cross geographic boundaries
  • Ethics in global partnerships
  • Learning abroad programs in a post-COVID environment and during
  • Community-engaged research in a global environment
  • Preparation of students, staff, faculty, and community members in the country of origin and in the partnering country
  • Methods for documenting and sharing process and outcomes in intercultural, cross-cultural, and transcultural environments
  • Technologies that foster communication
  • National and international policies

Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions of manuscripts by December 2, 2022. Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the MUJ Article Submission and Editorial Guidelines and should be no more than 7,000 words (exclusive of  tables, references, etc). Preference is given to those manuscripts that demonstrate innovation and impact and include perspectives across multiple institutions. Shorter submissions for this issue will be considered.

The journal seeks manuscripts that provide critical, evidence-based studies, including programs, policies, and application of ideas at an institutional or system level. Ideally, authors will examine efforts that have been in place long enough to show both positive and/or negative results as measured through data collection, research and/or evaluation processes. To allow readers to apply ideas and strategies in other settings, authors should provide a clear description of the challenges and lessons learned. Papers that offer descriptions of initiatives without research or evaluation elements will not be accepted.

Submit complete manuscripts following the MUJ Editorial and Submission Guidelines.

Please direct any questions regarding this issue to:

  • Guiseppe Getto, associate professor of English, East Carolina University, at gettog@ecu.edu
  • Dennis McCunney, director of intercultural affairs, East Carolina University, at mccunneyw@ecu.edu
  • Valerie Holton, editor, at vholton@cumuonline.org

Suggest a Themed Issue

The editor welcomes proposals for future thematic issues. Prospective guest editors should describe their theme briefly, and submit to the editor a summary of the proposed topic.