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Call for Papers — Spring 2016

"In Order to Form a More Perfect Union..."

The Thought & Action Review Panel invites your submissions for "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union," a special focus section in Spring 2016.

Have our unions ever been so vilified? As the rights of working people to wield power collectively are undermined by deep-pocketed right-wing activists, as anti-union opponents successfully deploy Orwellian doublespeak to urge the adoption of “right to work” laws and the rejection of fair-share union fees, and as the casualization of academic labor makes it ever more difficult for faculty and staff to share in governance and speak up for the public good, the Thought & Action Review Panel invites responses that reflect upon the role of unions on campus, the value of membership, and the mutual action required to assert the rights of workers to organize.

Consider the following questions: What does it mean to you to be a member of a union? Does your union play a role in defending the public good in your community, or the rights of students to a high-quality public education? Do unions support educational innovation? As the academy becomes increasingly “corporatized,”and as faculty labor becomes increasingly contingent, what role should unions play?

Submissions are due March 1, 2016.

As always, other submissions about issues in higher education, including the art of teaching, are very welcome and will be considered apart from the special section. New scholars are encouraged to submit, as are poets and visual artists. Please understand the panel prefers short to long and seeks a “reader-friendly” tone. Please also appreciate that specific guidelines around style must be followed. (See guidelines here.) All submissions will be entered automatically into the competition for three $2,500 “NEA Excellence in the Academy” awards.

For more information, contact Editor Mary Ellen Flannery.