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Women, Leadership, and Communication in Academy CFP


Call for Book Chapters—edited volume on women, leadership and communication in the academy

Editor: Jayne Cubbage

We are currently seeking chapters to be included in an edited volume titled, “Developing Women Leaders in the Academy Through Enhanced Communication Strategies”, to be published by Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield).

Book Description:  Although women now make up more the 50 percent of the enrollment at colleges and universities nationwide yet only comprise just over 25 percent of the of full professors and comprise a mere 15 percent of presidents at doctoral granting institutions (Johnson, 2016). In order to highlight, empowered and visionary leadership of women that uplifts the mission of championing female leadership at colleges and universities, this work seeks to amplify successful leadership communication as a model for those seeking to enter leadership roles via a collection of applicable narratives.

In order to highlight the paths of such impactful leaders, we are seeking individual stories of women who have not only blazed paths in the academy and joined the ranks of leadership, but those who have done so in the spirit of community and “womanship” and who have successfully navigated hostile, patriarchal, racialized and non-supportive environments while remaining true their own female identity.  The collection of stories will illustrate the ways in which these exemplars have communicated their leadership within designated roles and how others may gain insight and applicable strategies as they adapt their own style of leadership communication to ensure the increase of female leaders in the academy.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposed chapters may feature one or more subjects of women in the academy who are considered a leader either officially via administrative title or those who do not hold a “traditional” leadership post, yet who engage in work in their field, which can be considered as leadership.  Proposals may consist of, but are not limited to the following kinds of works: ethnography, auto-ethnography, case study, narrative, biography, autobiography, and historiography among other methods.

In a addition to scholarly references, proposals should include a theoretical frame such as feminism or womanism or other related conceptual focus and also incorporate the converged concept of “leadership as communication” (Harrison & Mühlberg, 2014) as well as the way gender can impact communication in both positive and less than positive ways that limit opportunities beyond the structural constraints, such as the pipeline myth or the glass ceiling (Gangone, 2016; Johnson, 2016) that women often face in the academy and society at large.  Each proposal and subsequent chapter should provide a list of useful “pathways” for women to develop the leader within. Upon acceptance additional suggestions will be provided to each author including deadline for final submission and other editorial guidelines.

Please submit your chapter proposals of 1,000 words including references to or by July 27, 2018.    Notice of accepted chapters will be sent by December 31, 2018.

Website Revisions

Hi all! Just a quick note. This site has been used primarily as a static place for information about and for my teaching and advising at JMU. My hope is to transform this into a much more active and lively space for not just my teaching and advising but my research and other endeavors. Most everything is up to date but I am in the process of cleaning and reviewing the content on this site. I also plan on using this as my space for blogging about more than just class announcements.

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