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Call for Papers: Systematic Reflections

Volume 3: The Inclusive Classroom

The Center for Teaching and Innovation (CTI) at CCSU is in the final editing stage of the second volume of its peer-reviewed open access journal Systematic Reflections. Volume 1 may be accessed here. We invite all members of the CSCU system to consider submitting works for consideration for Volume 3, focusing on the inclusive classroom.

As we begin to emerge into the “After Times” it has become more important than ever to reflect on the academic and socio-emotional needs of our students. How do we make our classes welcoming spaces that promote student success? Which cutting-edge pedagogies and technologies have we found particularly effective in helping students grow as scholars and human beings? What helpful hints and tips can you share with colleagues, both in similar disciplines and beyond, that have proven particularly useful in enhancing student self-confidence, self-advocacy, and self-acceptance?

Potential topics include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Equity, Justice, and Inclusion courses
  • Educating the whole student
  • Combating math anxiety
  • First-year Student courses
  • Managing uncomfortable conversations in the classroom
  • Redesigning gateway courses for student success
  • Student-friendly syllabi

Works suitable for consideration include:  

  • Notes and letters – in general these submissions would be 1,000-2,000 words (excluding references and works cited) focused on an individual technique, tool, or experience;
  • Case studies – in general case studies would be comprehensive overviews of an individual technique, tool, or activity (2,000-5,000 words, excluding references and works cited);
  • Research study – in general a complete research study would be 2,500 – 8,000 words (excluding references and works cited) themed around an individual innovation, tool, technique, or experience. Ideally these studies would present an innovation along with evidence of its effectiveness or anticipated effectiveness in the classroom.

Works in excess of 8,000 words will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage the inclusion of students as co-authors.

Systematic Reflections 3 will be co-edited by the CTI Coordinator for Faculty Development Kristine Larsen, Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies, Research, and Faculty Development Christina Robinson, and Presidential Fellow Beth Merenstein. We will employ the APA’s in-line citation style (version 7).

All completed papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers before final acceptance.

Submit a 250-500 word abstract/proposal and 50 word bibliography for each co-author to CTI@ccsu.edu by noon, EST, on March 15, 2021. Notification of acceptance to proceed to the complete paper stage will be made by March 30, 2022. Completed first drafts will be due by June 30, 2022. 

Please include “Systematic Reflections” in the subject line of all submission and query emails.  

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