Inaugural Issue Call for Papers

Building Engaged Scholarship in Canada  

In 1982, Harvard University President Derek Bok published Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the Modern University. In this book Dr. Bok, presiding, arguably, over one of the most elite universities in the world, laid out a new challenge to his contemporary academics, insisting that Universities, in order to remain relevant, needed to embrace new models of knowledge pursuit, production, and dissemination and they needed to do so in partnership with those whom this new knowledge should serve.  Most influential in promoting the community-engaged scholarship movement in North America, this book inspired the fundamental shift that soon began to take place in the academic domain around the world. Canadian Universities, many of them with their own long history of direct involvement in local social, economic, and political scenes in their home provinces, also demonstrated a renewed interest in practice and scholarship of community-university engagement.  

As an outcome of the growing dialogue in the field of engaged scholarship as well as in response to a need for a special dedicated forum for this dialogue in Canada, the University of Saskatchewan has founded the first Canadian 

peer-reviewed scholarly Journal on community-university engagement and scholarship. The Journal’s Advisory Committee and Editorial Team are announcing the call for papers for the inaugural issue of the Journal on the topic, Building Engaged Scholarship in Canada.

We invite contributions from community and university based researchers, teachers, and scholars that explore or profile the history, the development and social applications of engaged scholarship in Canada. Engaged scholarship most commonly refers to a range of collaborative research, teaching, and learning initiatives rooted in sustained community-university partnerships and pursued across various disciplines and social and cultural contexts. In our inaugural issue we would like to profile the best practices of community engagement as pursued by Canadian researchers at home and elsewhere, from historical and disciplinary perspectives.  We envision that the inaugural issue will highlight the rich history of engaged scholarship in Canada and profile ongoing projects pursued by Canadian scholars and their partners at home and elsewhere.

 We seek submissions for various sections of the Journal’s inaugural issue:

—   essays examining the history of the engaged scholarship movement in Canada in general, or in a particular discipline specifically

—   essays exploring the meaning and process, theory and practice of engagement in a given discipline or across disciplines

—   essays focusing in depth on the collaborative nature of specific partnerships and projects

—   book reviews (by invitation from the Journal)

—   reports from the field on ongoing initiatives

—   conference reports

—   other submissions, also in various media (audio, text, visual)

The topics will include:

—   the history of scholarly engagement in Canada

—   the philosophical and cultural foundations of engaged scholarship in the Canadian context

—   the joys and challenges of collaborative participatory work

—   engaged scholarship, public health, and the co-production of knowledge

—   engaging cross-culturally and what it means

—   community service learning and scholarship of engagement

—   teaching and engagement, shared paths and intersections

—   researching in partnership: the benefits of collaboration

Send us your proposal (no more than 500 words) and CV by July 15, 2014. In your proposal, tell us what kind of item you would like to submit and in what medium. If you will be submitting an essay, proceed to present the main points of your future paper.

Essays, reports from the field, conference reports, other items — submission deadline is October 1, 2014

All submissions will undergo editorial or blind peer review. Essays will be subject to blind peer review, other submissions will undergo editorial review.

Essays (maximum 8,000 words) that will be subject to blind peer reviewing should:

—   Represent original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by other journals or collections of essays

—   Written in accessible language, to respect multidisciplinary nature of the Journal and the diversity of our readers

—   Include an abstract (200 words) and indicate up to five keywords

—   Be typed, double-spaced throughout, in 12-pt Times New Roman font

—   Be formatted, using either the American Psychological Association (APA) style, 6th edition, or the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) 16th edition 2010.

—   Have a separate cover page that includes the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, and contact information of all authors.

—   Include author biography/ies (no more than 50 words per author) on a separate sheet

—   Indicate that appropriate Institutional Research Ethics Board approval was secured, if applicable

—   Be formatted and saved in Microsoft Word (no PDF please)

—   Be submitted in two versions, one should include all information to be published, and in the other copy information to be ‘blinded’ should be substituted with blank underlined spaces. Information to be ‘blinded’ includes all text or data that will have to be removed from the essay for blind peer review purposes.

—   Be submitted via email to

Deadline for proposals:                   July 15, 2014

Deadline for all contributions:       October 1, 2014

Download Inaugural Issue Call for Papers in pdf.

For further details please consult our website or talk to us at the Engaged Scholar Journal Office:

Engaged Scholar Journal 
Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Editor
Penelope Sanz, Managing Assistant
University of Saskatchewan
Room 313 Thorvaldson Building
110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9 CANADA
Tel. No.: +1306-966-2665
Fax. No.: +1306-966-5571