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Submissions and Guidelines

Introduction

Issues in Teaching and Learning, an on-line publication funded with support from the Faculty Development Fund, will publish its third volume at the beginning of the 2004-2005 academic year. The publication features articles by RIC faculty and staff examining issues and innovations in teaching and learning on campus. The mission of the journal is to create and deepen dialogue among the faculty and others about teaching and learning. Aware of time constraints and other demands on faculty, we are encourage short, informal manuscripts that raise issues, present innovations, challenge “common sense”, take stands on controversies, and engage conversation among the readers. We are also interested in submissions that take advantage of electronic media linking the journal with faculty web pages, on-line course materials, and other files.

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Submissions

Why Submit?

Issues in Teaching and Learning supports other campus efforts to stimulate conversation about teaching and learning. These include faculty development workshops, programs on diversity, teaching awards, the work of the Writing Board, and other activities. In a four-month period, the journal received almost 25,000 hits. The electronic nature of the journal affords low-cost distribution of ideas and provides opportunities for cross-fertilization of innovations in teaching and learning. It typifies work being done nationally in the scholarship of teaching.

Who Can Submit?

Faculty, staff, students, and other members of the Rhode Island College community are encouraged to submit articles to the editorial board. We also welcome articles by college alumni and those that are co-authored with members of the college community. Each issue will feature eight or so articles.

When Are Submissions Due?

This journal has a rolling review process. We will accept manuscripts at any time during the period March 2004 through August 2004. Submissions must be made in electronic format. Article length should not exceed 15 pages. Papers considerably shorter than 15 pages are preferable. Authors should use the formatting style that is appropriate to their academic discipline. The editorial board will review manuscripts and select those for publication. Manuscripts will be reviewed and returned to the authors with comments within a two-month period.

The Third Volume is a Special One

Rhode Island College is in the middle of its sesquicentennial celebration. The journal would like to serve as one of the forums where we can review our history and look to the future. We invite articles, extended and short essays, opinion pieces, interviews, and other formats that examine changes and challenges for the college as an institution and for faculty and staff as members of this community. We welcome articles that look at the impact of the changes in the demographics of the student body, at changes in instructional technology, at changes in student expectations about the value of a college education, about the changing character of faculty work and the reliance on adjuncts, about competition from profit-making institutions, and changes in disciplinary boundaries and the creation of knowledge. Contributions are welcome from all members of the college community, including alumni and students.

Involvement

Please consider joining the Editorial Board. We are looking for additional members. We are also looking for individuals willing to review manuscripts for publications. If you are interested in organizing a Special Issue, please let us know. Of course, the future of this publication depends on the interest and support of the college community. Please consider publishing in our journal and being involved as a member of the Editorial Board, a reviewer or as a contributor.

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Information

If you are interested in learning more about the publication, please send an email to co-editors Randy DeSimone (rdesimone@ric.edu), Sandra Enos (senos@ric.edu)or any member of the Editorial Board.

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Page last updated: March 15, 2006