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The ADVANCE Journal announces a call for a special issue in honor of the 20th anniversary of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program. The goal of ADVANCE “is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.”
The theme for the special issue is Collaborations, Collisions, and Connections. We are interested in the successes and failures of institutional transformation projects, the challenges and dilemmas of working across disciplines and social differences to transform academic STEM, and the scholarly research and personal narratives of institutional change projects.
This 20th anniversary edition on institutional transformation in academic STEM fields aims to raise new questions and develop critical approaches to understanding the collaborative and sometimes collisional practices employed across disciplines and social difference. We seek innovative scholarship, broadly defined, from critical, theoretical, artistic, and/or empirical approaches that explores the successes, failures, and challenges of using the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, area studies, and theories, methods, and practices in institutional transformation interventions (the recruitment, retention, promotion, and advancement of women and other historically marginalized faculty in academic STEM fields). Questions shaping this focus on the challenges and possibilities of multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary work toward institutional transformation include, but are not limited to: What happens when we bring feminist, critical race, and queer approaches to bear on this work? How do theories of systems of oppression and intersectionality enrich our approaches to institutional transformation? What has been done well? What has not? What did we learn from this that might enrich our lives and our institutions going forward?
Achieving workplace equity, the goal of institutional transformation projects, is one example of a problem requiring solutions from many different epistemological, methodological and theoretical positions. In particular, institutional transformation necessitates an examination of higher education as an institution within intersecting systems of sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and ageism that reproduce and maintain hierarchies based on gender, race, sexual identity, and other forms of social difference. This special issue specifically seeks to examine collaborative processes from multiple viewpoints, with a focus on projects that require communication among researchers who differ in their epistemological, methodological and and/or theoretical orientations toward research and knowledge construction. After 20 years, the NSF-funded ADVANCE initiative provides one example of a laboratory and field site within which to examine best practices for institutional transformation. However, papers focused around other collaborations, collisions, and connections within and across various epistemological, methodological and and/or theoretical stances that address equity in STEM fields are encouraged. Possible issues that inspire meaningful analysis and action may include:
What have we learned about how institutional transformation happens across 20 years?
We also encourage submissions that focus on personal narrative reflections on the experiences of engaging in ADVANCE work. Reflective questions to consider in these pieces include:
For an example of these kinds of personal narratives, please see the ADVANCE Journal’s COVID-19 Special Issue at https://www.advancejournal.org/section/2102-volume-2-issue-2.
The ADVANCE Journal invites submissions from a variety of perspectives that reflect the journal’s mission to create a forum for conversations about institutional transformation.
Each submission should be original and not under review elsewhere. We welcome the following:
All manuscripts should speak to structural and institutional transformation, specifically addressing the intersections of gender and STEM fields with other forms of social difference. Manuscripts may or may not be the product of ADVANCE projects, but they must address the outcomes of ADVANCE (institutional transformation toward the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; the development of innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and contributions to the research knowledge base about the intersections of gender and other social identities within STEM academic careers). When submitting, please indicate that your manuscript is to be considered for the Collaborations, Collisions, and Connections Special Issue in your cover letter.
Deadline for submissions: Priority deadline is March 31, 2021. We will review and consider submissions for the special issue following the priority deadline as space allows and for subsequent issues of the ADVANCE Journal.
To submit: https://www.advancejournal.org/for-authors
Guest editors: Dr. Kasi Jackson, West Virginia University, and Dr. Kelly Mack, American Association of Colleges and Universities
Editors: Dr. Susan M. Shaw and Dr. Janet Lee, Oregon State University