Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning

REFLECTIONS: A Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning

Call for Papers

Bridging the Gap: Emergent Scholars, Emergent Forms of Scholarship (On-line Edition)

What does civic engagement look like to the next generation of scholars? What are the challenges, opportunities, and consequences posed by publicly active scholarship at the graduate level? This special issue addresses these questions by featuring work by emerging scholars - graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new assistant professors. Edited by the Publicly Active Graduate Education Collective, an alliance of graduate students focused on publicly engaged scholarship, this issue will feature work which speaks to the issues, scholarly models, and writing styles being developed by the generation of scholars who will define “community literacy,” service learning,” and “engaged scholarship” in the years to come.

This issue of Reflections will be published on-line to allow new forms of multi-media scholarship and community literacy work to be featured.

We invite submissions of two kinds:

1) Substantial, article-length work that emerges in the nexus of community- and university-based programming, research, and/or teaching. We are particularly interested in work that emerges from and reflects on community partnership while also actively considering the consequences of taking these partnerships seriously in our scholarship, in our teaching, and/or in our disciplinary training--especially as graduate students and new professors. Within these multiple contexts, how do particular community-based programs and partnerships inform and influence established disciplinary practice?

There is no set format for these submissions; we invite collaborative submissions, innovative forms, and multi-media scholarship, and we welcome the opportunity to publish materials produced out of the partnership project adjacent to or in conjunction with the submitted article.

2) Shorter responses to the following writing prompt:
Years of conventional academic wisdom tell us to put community-based programs and partnerships on hold or on the side until we achieve tenure. Yet the breadth of public practice already undertaken by graduate student scholars, artists, and activists across the country makes vividly clear that such advice is no longer adequate. What new agendas do you see publicly engaged graduate students setting? What has being “publicly active” meant in your own trajectory to and through graduate school? What’s helped you? What’s hindered you? How has your community-based work influenced or informed your academic training? What does it—or what would it—look like to “come up” in a university culture that acknowledged, accommodated, and encouraged civic engagement at the graduate level?

Deadline for Submission: March 21st, 2008
Please e-mail submissions to:
Steve Parks
Editor, Reflections