Letting the Marginalized Reestablish the Margins: Multicultural Dimensions of Academia

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Louisiana Educational Research Association
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Letting the Marginalized Reestablish the Margins: Multicultural Dimensions of Academia

Guest Editors:

Jerry L. Parker, Elizabeth R. Hornsby, Yazmyn C. Smith, and Taneshia Drake

Call for Manuscripts

Due August 31, 2021

Famed scholar bell hooks, in her book Feminist Theory from Margin to Center, commented that “In this society, power is commonly equated with domination and control over people or things (p. 83).” However, it is our perspective that true power lies in whoever takes a stand and seeks it. This can be seen in the American Civil Rights Movement, the Liberation Movement in South Africa, and most recently the Arab Spring in the Middle East. Although life in no area of the world is perfect, through taking power, socio-political progress can occur. Although the most important part of change is its catalyst, there is also a need for sustainability and the elimination of existing barriers.

Institutions of higher education throughout the world have historically been Eurocentric, male-dominated, and elitist. However, as society has changed its perspective on the necessity of a college degree, it also has changed its perspective on who can obtain such credentials. As the global community moves towards an understanding of what higher education is and what it could be, we must constantly reconsider the need to bring new voices to the cannon of thought and the academy as a whole.

Therefore, the purpose of this special edition is to bring scholars together to investigate the relationships of power, equity, and equality, through an analysis of lived experiences in higher education throughout the world. Through embracing the idea of counter-narrative research, articles in this special collection should be geared toward presenting authors’ lived experiences in higher education. This can take the form of purely qualitative, purely quantitative, or mixed method research. Both shorter and longer manuscripts will be accepted. Additionally, research articles, essays, position papers, and literature reviews that address an area of marginalism will be considered. University faculty of all rank, Student Affairs professionals, Graduate Students, University staff, K-12 practitioners who work closely with universities, and anyone with a unique perspective on higher education are welcome to submit. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

●      Bilingualism and Biculturalism

●      Curriculum and Instruction

●      Multiculturalism/Multicultural Education

●      Race, Racism, and Marginalization

●      Religious Diversity

●      Stereotyping

●      Feminism

●      Gender and Sexuality

●      LGBTQIA+ Studies

●      Intersectionality

●      Campus Policing and Safety

●      Title IX

●      Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health


●      Financial Aid and Scholarships

●      Advising and Career Coaching

●      Athletics

●      Graduate Education/ The Graduate Student perspective

●      Issues in Professional Graduate Programs (i.e., Law Schools, Medical Schools, Dental Schools)

●      Online Education

●      Student Affairs

●      Unique Issues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

●      Community and Technical Colleges

Manuscript Submissions

All manuscripts must be written in MS Word and follow the guidelines of the APA 7th edition publication manual. The manuscript must include the following:

●      A cover page that includes: a working title, the name of the author(s), affiliation, and e-mail address.

●      An abstract of 150-200 words, including a purpose/rationale, and lessons learned or implications for the practice section.

●      The recommended manuscript length is 5,000 to 10,000 words for longer articles and 1,500-3000 for shorter articles, excluding references.

Manuscript questions should be e-mailed to Dr. Jerry Parker at jerry.parker@southeastern.edu. Manuscripts will be submitted through the RICE journal website at: http://www.leraweb.net/ojs/index.php/RICE. When submitting your manuscript select the section Reestablishing Margins.  

All accepted manuscripts will go through a double-blind peer-review process, wherein all contributing authors will be expected to review at least one manuscript scheduled to be included in this special issue. If at any point the reviewers and/or editors find the manuscript is not consistent with the highest standards of academic scholarship, the editors reserve the right to remove the manuscript from the special issue.

Tentative Schedule for Publication

Manuscript submission deadline: August 31, 2021

Manuscript review will be completed: September 30, 2021

Author(s) revisions submitted: October 31, 2021

Second round of reviews and final acceptance: November  30, 2021

Page proofs e-mailed to the author(s): February 28, 2022

Anticipated publication date: April 2022

Research Issues in Contemporary Education (RICE) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed online journal that publishes educational research studies, literature reviews, theoretical manuscripts, and practitioner-oriented articles regarding issues in education. RICE is an online journal (ISSN 2690-9251) indexed by the U.S. Department of Education ERIC Database and affiliated with the Louisiana Educational Research Association. Views expressed in all published articles are the views of the author(s), and publication in RICE does not constitute endorsement.