Summer School

deadline for submissions: 
May 17, 2018
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CFP: Summer School

Intermezzo, a digital longform publication associated with Enculturation ( seeks submissions that address the profession and summer.

Summer has long been a point of contention for tenure line faculty. The general public typically treats summer as a time when professors are on vacation. In turn, faculty resent the notion that they have three months off each year. Summer is professionally viewed as time to catch up on research or pedagogy. Even more so, because of the nine month contract that most tenure line faculty are on, faculty understand summer work as “unpaid labor.” That is, any work performed in the summer is treated as exploitation or, at the very least, unfair.

Rather than continue this line of thought that faculty perform unpaid labor in the summer when they prep for future courses, write letters of support for tenure cases, or recruit future students, Intermezzo seeks 20-40,000 word essays devoted to the comfort of faculty summer. We seek essays that may recognize the “unpaid labor” narrative, but that offer an alternative perspective of faculty summer work. Rather than repeat the narrative that summer is a “busy” time for faculty, are there other perspectives regarding what occurs during a faculty member’s time between Spring and Fall semester? What other viewpoints or stories can we tell regarding summer and academic work/life beyond what we already circulate as a given truth?

We are particularly interested in essays from a variety of professional backgrounds: professors, administrators, and adjuncts from every level of higher education. We are also interested in essays which take advantage of organizational strategies print publications might not publish. 

We are looking for voices who are not afraid to tackle the topic in an unconventional style.

All essays published with Intermezzo undergo peer review. Intermezzo is committed to providing an outlet for essays too long for journal publication, but too short for monograph publication. Essays are published as open source and receive ISBN numbers.  They may include multimedia as well.

Intermezzo is meant to be a venue where writers can produce scholarly work in unique ways, outside of institutional or disciplinary expectation, and it takes advantage of digital media as a platform for both content and distribution of timely topics.


Please submit submissions, abstracts, or queries to


Jeff Rice

Series Editor