Call for Chapters: Preparing Students for Community-Engaged Scholarship in Higher Education


Aaron Samuel Zimmerman
Texas Tech University

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019
Full Chapters Due: July 14, 2019
Submission Date: November 6, 2019


Community-engaged scholarship is an equitable and democratic approach to scholarship that seeks to identify and solve community-based problems. Community-engaged scholars aim to serve the public good by developing and sustaining community-campus partnerships built on trust, reciprocity, and mutual benefit. This is an ethical but nontrivial (and nontraditional) orientation towards scholarship. As universities orient themselves towards serving the public good, universities face a number of challenges: faculty and students may not possess the competencies or commitment to build fruitful community partnerships; graduate and undergraduate students may lack the necessary training and mentorship required to develop their identity as community-engaged scholars; and, institutional leaders may not know how to motivate faculty and students for this ambitious and challenging endeavor. These are endemic challenges related to the cultivation of a community-engaged campus, and, unless these challenges are addressed, universities will fail to prepare the next generation of community-engaged scholars.


This edited volume addresses the following question: How are undergraduate and graduate students in the context of higher education successfully prepared for participation in community-engaged scholarship? This publication will explore how faculty and academic leaders can create learning opportunities and intellectual cultures that support the development of community-engaged scholars. This publication will explore how university coursework can help undergraduate and graduate students to develop the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary for productive and responsible community-engaged scholarship.

Target Audience

The targeted audience for this edited volume is faculty members and institutional leaders who want to actualize their campus’ commitment to community-engaged scholarship. This publication will present faculty members and institutional leaders with a set of practical methods for structuring curriculum, instruction, and mentoring efforts in the interest of supporting undergraduate and graduate students as they develop into community-engaged scholars. Additionally, this publication will present readers with a theorized trajectory of growth for undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing their apprenticeship as community-engaged scholars.

Recommended Topics

• Attributes and competencies of successful community-engaged scholars
• The knowledge base necessary for successful community-engaged scholarship
• Developing an identity as a community-engaged scholar
• Methods of developing students’ commitment to civic engagement
• Successful approaches to service learning
• Challenges related to creating opportunities for students to participate in community-engaged scholarship
• Institutional challenges related to building community-campus partnerships
• Coursework that successfully supports the development of the knowledge, skills, and commitments required for successful community-engaged scholarship
• The role of faculty mentorship in developing community-engaged scholars
• Institutional challenges related to mobilizing faculty motivation and commitment to community-engaged scholarship
• Opportunities and challenges related to participatory action research
• Supporting students in their ability to apply research methods in the context of community-engaged scholarship
• Examples of community-engaged scholarship across disciplines
• Examples of interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship within a university
• Creating interdisciplinary research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students
• Assessing the quality of community-engaged scholarship produced by faculty and students
• Outlining a trajectory of growth for students as they develop into community-engaged scholars

Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit, on or before April 15, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by May 15, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 14, 2019. All interested authors should consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

April 15, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
May 15, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
July 14, 2019: Full Chapter Submission
September 11, 2019: Review Results Returned
October 23, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification
November 6, 2019: Final Chapter Submission


Aaron Zimmerman
College of Education
Texas Tech University
Box 41071 | Lubbock, TX 79409-1071
Phone: 806.834.7375

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