Attention: Interdisciplinary & International Scholars -

Call for Chapter Proposals

Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: International Perspectives

Proposal Submission Form

We invite diverse individuals from across the globe who represent various facets of higher education including (but not limited to) faculty, academic and student affairs/services professionals, and administrators to join us in creating this unique resource. This volume of the Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning book series will illuminate international perspectives on equity and inclusion-related challenges experienced by students, faculty, and leaders globally and it will present research-based strategies for improving practice in these areas. We seek colleagues from all disciplines to provide a scholarly, research-based narrative representing their national perspective (explained below) AND educational leaders across higher education to share research-based strategies for improving practice.

The book will be a book under the series:

Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning

by Emerald Publishing.

An edited volume by:

Dr. Patrick Blessinger

Research Scientist, International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association

Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, St. John’s University

Dr. Jaimie Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Clinical Education

University of Southern California

Prof Mandla Makhanya

Principal & Vice Chancellor

University of South Africa


  • Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: March 27, 2017
  • First Draft of Chapters Due: July 24, 2017
  • Final Full Chapters Due: October 9, 2017
  • Target Book Release: May, 2018


Given the diverse set of opportunities that higher education can provide to individuals and society, efforts to make educational environments more inclusive may be viewed as one of the top human rights issues of our time. Typically when studying equity and inclusion, educators often approach work from a specific national or cultural lens. This volume will illustrate challenges experienced across various countries/cultures and illuminate success strategies experienced globally. This volume will benefit professional educators and decision-makers (e.g., faculty, academic affairs, student affairs), policymakers (e.g., governing leadership, executive leadership), students in the field of education, as well as leaders in international development and non-profit education organizations.


This volume will provide educators with an understanding of challenges associated with equity and inclusion at higher education institutions globally and will provide evidence-based strategies for addressing the challenges associated with implementing equity and inclusion. Higher education institutions continue to address an increasingly complex set of issues regarding equity, diversity and inclusion; many face increasing pressure to find innovative solutions for eliminating access and participation barriers and mitigating practices that impede access, persistence, retention, and graduation rates in higher education. Using comparative international perspectives, this volume will look at how different nations and cultures experience power, privilege, identity, and inclusion with respect to participation in tertiary education.

This volume will explore and highlight those historically marginalized groups who still struggle for equality, equity, and social justice in higher education. Relevant issues at the theory, policy, and practice levels will be explored with the goal of uncovering strategies for transforming educational institutions to create more inclusive organizational cultures at all levels. This cross-disciplinary volume will examine historical, sociological, political, educational, economic, and legal factors, among others, to address the vast issues associated with inclusion and diversity in higher education.

Key words: Equality, equity, privilege, identity, rights, diversity, inclusion, marginalization, and pluralism.

Possible Topic Areas

Although not a comprehensive list, the following topic areas are provided as a starting point for potential chapter authors to see how they might contribute to the volume. For the purpose of this volume, we define diversity broadly to include various aspects of difference among individuals that are relevant to your work in higher education; this includes issues of race, social class, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age, geographic location, etc.

Varied ideas relating to equity and inclusion are welcome.

PART I: Comparative Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion

Chapters in this section of the book will each represent a different national perspective on broad challenges associated with equity and inclusion in higher education. We look forward to receiving proposals that address questions such as:

  • Who are the students who are least likely to pursue higher education and why? What factors (historical, political, economical, etc.) lead to this trend? What are the roadblocks these students face?
  • Who are the students who are least likely to persist or earn a degree in higher (or tertiary) education and why? What factors (historical, political, economical, etc.) lead to this trend? What are the roadblocks these students face?
  • What are the challenges (inside and outside of the classroom) facing the students noted above?
  • What disciplines are students from marginalized perspectives least represented and why?

PART II: Successful Strategies and Practices

Since access, persistence, equity, and inclusion challenges permeate the entire higher education enterprise, we invite proposals representing diverse perspectives that articulate evidence-based solutions and strategies to address those challenges.

Lessons for Higher Education Leaders

Possible topic areas:

  • Faculty exchange programs
  • Faculty and leader recruitment initiatives
  • Student recruitment initiatives
  • Faculty and leader mentoring
  • Support programs for marginalized students
  • Branch campuses (overseas and domestic)
  • Inter-institutional faculty learning communities
  • Co-matriculation and credit transfer agreements
  • Joint professional development initiatives for faculty and leadership
  • University-school (basic education) collaborative partnerships to improve graduation rates and college acceptance rates
  • Technology facilitated programs

Lessons for Higher Education Faculty

Possible topic areas:

  • Joint academic programs
  • Assessment of student learning and individualization of curriculum
  • Joint classroom projects
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Cooperative efforts in technology sharing such as global technologies and mobile learning
  • Engaging critical consciousness in the classroom
  • Technology use for engaging diverse learners

Lessons for Student Affairs/Services Educators

Possible topic areas:

  • Student study abroad programs
  • Joint community service initiatives
  • Faculty in residence mentoring programs
  • Residential learning communities
  • Summer bridge residential programs
  • Financial, academic, and social support programs for marginalized populations
  • Technology use for facilitating co-curricular initiatives

Important Dates (Tentative)

  • January 30, 2017: Call for Chapter Proposals
  • March 27, 2017: Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline
  • April 28, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
  • July 24, 2017: Authors Submit Final Draft Chapters to Editors
  • July 29 to August 28, 2017: Blind Peer Review Process
  • September 4, 2017: Peer Review Results Returned to Editors
  • October 9, 2017: Final Full Chapters Due to Editors
  • May, 2018: Target Book Release

Chapter Proposal Form

To submit a chapter proposal, complete the form below. Proposals should be no more than 500 words.

Proposal Submission Form

Please direct any inquiries you may have to the co-editors:


Dr. Patrick Blessinger

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Dr. Jaimie Hoffman


Prof Mandla Makhanya

Contact Information:

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