CFS: Teaching & Learning

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Currents in Teaching and Learning (Volume 5, Number 2, Spring 2013)

Currents invites submissions for its Spring 2013 issue, including:

  • Teaching and Program Reports: short reports from different disciplines on classroom practices (2850–5700 words);
  • Essays: longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today (5700 – 7125 words);
  • Book and Website Reviews: send inquiries attn: Book Review Editors. No unsolicited reviews, please.

All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work and, if based in a particular academic discipline, must explicitly consider their relevance and applicability to other disciplines and classroom settings. We welcome both individual and group submissions. Submissions Deadline for Spring 2013 Issue: November 15, 2012

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters nonspecialist, jargon-free exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars in higher education. Currents is published twice a year and addressed to faculty and graduate students across the disciplines. Send all inquiries to Editor Josna Rege, at For submission guidelines, visit:  

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a publication of Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. ISSN: 1945-3043

Josna Rege, Editor, Currents in Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor, Department of English, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 016002

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CFS: Narrative, Bioethics

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research (NIB), published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through the publication and analysis of personal stories, qualitative and mixed methods research articles, and case studies. Articles may address the experiences of patients and research participants, as well as health care workers and researchers. NIB seeks to publish articles that will appeal to a broad readership of health care providers and researchers, bioethicists, sociologists, policy makers, and others.

NIB invites 3 kinds of contributions:

  • Personal Stories. We seek true personal stories that will be included in “narrative symposia.” Each symposium will be on a specific topic, and will include 8 to 15 personal stories on the topic, followed by two commentary articles exploring themes in the stories to extract lessons or insights.
    • Our first three narrative symposia will be on the following topics:
      • Living with Conflicts of Interest in Medicine (Symposium Editor, James DuBois)
      • Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care Facilities (Symposium Editor, Amy Haddad)
      • Experiences of Psychiatric Hospitalization (Symposium Editor, Charles Lidz)

Please visit our website  for details on the narrative symposia, our guidelines for authors, and the kinds of stories we seek. For our first three issues, we will give priority to story proposals received by October 15, 2010; cases studies and research articles may be submitted at any time.

CFP: Healthy Work Environments (STTI)

The Call for Abstracts is open! Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Creating Healthy Work Environments | JW Marriott Indianapolis ● Indiana, USA ● 12 -14 April 2013

 Submission deadline: 14 November 2012

Submit an abstract:

Abstracts are invited that demonstrate a direct link to the theme Creating Healthy Work Environments and to the overall objectives of the program. Oral and poster presentations will serve as a networking arena to bring together students, academicians, clinicians, and volunteers to address the creating and sustaining a healthy work environment. Based on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Health Work Environments, STTI asks that abstracts are submitted that reference the six essential standards of a healthy work environment. Please review the Guidelines for Electronic Abstract Submission before submitting an abstract. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a blind peer-review process. Please read the Presenter Acceptance Policy regarding presenter expectations before submitting an abstract.

Topics for Submission — Abstracts are encouraged from clinical and academic settings for parallel tracks focused on the following categories:

  • Skilled Communication – Creating a culture of safety and excellence requires nurses and organizations to prioritize not only interprofessional communication skills within and across disciplines but also expertise in one-on-one professional development. Both are equally important in academic and clinical settings. (keywords: mentoring, precepting, networking, intercultural communication)
  • True Collaboration – True collaboration respects the unique knowledge and abilities of each professional which leads to safe, quality care. (keywords: incivility, bullying, interdisciplinary collaboration, intradisciplinary collaboration, workplace violence, conflict management, conflict resolution).
  • Effective Decision Making – Nurses must be valued and committed partners in directing and evaluating clinical care and in leading managerial operations. In day-to-day management, appropriate use of technology – including data management, social media and research – contributes significantly to effective decision-making. (keywords: technology, quality improvement, policy, social media).
  • Appropriate Staffing – Skilled managers know creating an effective match between patient needs and nurse competencies is vital. These managers utilize operational and supervisory skills that help the nurse succeed. (keywords: management, operational, supervisory).
  • Academic Workloads – Administrators and faculty know creating an effective match between student needs and faculty expertise is essential. In addition, balancing workloads to allow time for teaching, scholarship and service is important for faculty success. (keywords: education, faculty).
  • Meaningful Recognition – Nurses must be recognized for the value each contributes to the organization. Additionally, professionals know achievements and credentials can direct nurses to leadership opportunities, career advancement and other forms of acknowledgment for outstanding performance. (keywords: career development, achievements, certification, retention, recognition).
  • Authentic Leadership – Nurse leaders must fully embrace the imperative of a healthy work environment, authentically live it and engage others in its achievement. Through organizational and strategic leadership, they must demonstrate creativity, possess strategic vision and inspire others to create and maintain a healthy work environment. (keywords: moral leadership, courage in nursing).

For more information, please contact or call 888.634.7575 (toll-free US/Canada) or +1.317.634.8171.

CFS: Midwifery

Midwifery – Call for paper special issue – Beyond the numbers: The contribution of midwives to building a better future for women and children

Midwifery is currently seeking papers for a forthcoming Special Issue related to the Millennium Development Goads to complement The Lancet’s forthcoming special, May 2013. The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are due to be achieved in 2015, although there will be considerable challenges for many countries to meet the goals. Countdown to 2015 is a global movement to track, stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the MDGs related to improving maternal and child health.

The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 — the first of its kind — took stock of the practice in 58 countries with high rates of maternal, foetal and newborn mortality. The report states that across the 58 countries as many as 3.6 million maternal, foetal and newborn deaths per year could be averted if all women had access to the full package of reproductive, maternal and newborn care. A common feature is the lack of access to quality midwifery services. These are not just issues for low income countries, access and coverage to midwifery care has been raised as an issue in middle and high income countries too.

The State of the World’s Midwifery identified three key points relating to the status of the midwifery profession and the challenges and barriers that affect midwifery, its development and its effectiveness. This special issue of Midwifery will address the particular role and contribution of midwives to the quality of care, health and wellbeing of mothers and newborns in low, medium and high income countries. It will be published to complement a Special Series on Midwifery planned by The Lancet, to be published in May 2013.

Midwifery would like to invite papers on the following topics in low, medium and especially in high income countries:

  •  Facilitators and barriers to scaling up services provided by midwives, and the role of key stakeholders and financial systems at global and government policy level.
  •  The role of education, regulation and professional association in contributing to strengthening midwifery.
  •  Access to care issues from women’s perspectives.
  •  The effects of over diagnosis and medicalisation in countries without midwifery coverage and access.

We request authors to submit their full manuscripts for consideration to Midwifery at  by 6 January 2013. When asked to choose article type, authors should select ‘Special Issue—MDG’. All submissions should meet the usual Midwifery author guidelines and standards and will be subject to the usual peer-review process.

Further details can be found at

CFP: Transnational Health Care, Regions and Development

Call for papers: Transnational Health Care, Regions and Development

An international workshop sponsored by the Academy for Tourism

at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences and the Cultural Geography Chair Group at Wageningen University

*20-21 June 2013* *Held at Wageningen University, The Netherlands*

At a moment in which the provision and regulation of health care within national boundaries is profoundly shifting, the growing numbers of people going abroad in pursuit of health care mean that the social, political and economic significance and impacts of these flows at a range of levels cannot be ignored. Several recent initiatives – such as the recent European Union directive on patient mobility, the harnessing of cross-border patient flows between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states, and budding joint promotion of the Caribbean region as a medical travel destination – have specifically demonstrated the relevance of the transnational region relative to emerging post-national understandings of supply, demand and responsibility in health care.

While thinking ‘regionally’ beyond borders is well-established in economic development discourses and practices, studies of health care have long been restricted to the confines of ‘methodological nationalism’. In recognition of the array of initiatives around the world that challenge and move beyond attempts at self-sufficiency in health care at the national level, this international workshop seeks to draw attention to the breadth of *regional * capacity-building, relations and identities forged through the international pursuit and provision of medical care. The workshop specifically focuses on exploring the link between transnational health care and regional development, produced through both higher-profile, long-distance pursuits of medical tourists and more ‘everyday’ cross-border and intra-regional health-motivated movements.

We encourage the submission of abstracts on topics that include but are not limited to:

  •  The role of government at various levels in slowing down or enhancing patient mobility
  •  Professional stakeholder relations and approaches in patient mobility frameworks
  •  The analysis of transnational health policies (bi-lateral agreements/regional approaches)
  •  Potential for transnational regions to benefit from economies of scale by pooling health resources and patients
  •  The use of health care in transnational regional identity constructions and claims
  •  The role of diaspora in linking sending and receiving contexts through transnational health care
  •  Reports on experiences of transnational health care users and providers

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words electronically by Monday, 10 December 2012 to the workshop organisers, Tomas Mainil and Meghann Ormond . Those authoring successful submissions will be contacted by Friday, 21 December 2012.

CFP: Workshop Proposals, True Colors (LGBTQ Youth Conference)

True Colors 20: Celebrating Our Heroes of the Past, Present and Future will be held on Friday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for consideration at the conference. As you know, the True Colors conference is the largest and most comprehensive LGBTIAQQ youth issues conference in the country! We expect about 1,000 youth serving professionals and 2,000 youth of all orientations and genders to participate. The Workshop Deadline is Friday, December 7, 2012. Workshop Tracks target these audiences:

  • Professionals (K- 16+ educators, administrators and policy makers, social workers, clinicians, clergy, etc.)
  • General (adults & youth)
  • Youth ONLY (middle and high school students)
  • College Students
  • Activist Institute (adults & youth)

We are particularly seeking workshops in the following topic areas:

  • Effective Middle School Programming for LGBT and Ally Students
  • Advanced workshops for high school and college educators
  • Advanced workshops in the Activist Institute

Proposal Guidelines: Once you start a proposal, you have to finish. (If you leave without finishing, you have start all over again). It is a good idea to have everything you need right at hand: title, description, goals, outline, and presenter information. The attached guidelines describe the process and each track in more detail. Feel free to check them out before you start your proposal:

Conference organizers’ “wish list”:

Submit a conference proposal:

CFS: Systemic Trauma (J of Trauma & Dissociation)

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation: Systemic Trauma | Special Issue Guest Editors: Rachel E. Goldsmith, Ph.D., Christina Gamache Martin, M.S., and Carly Smith, M.A., M.S.

Email for Guest Editors:

Substantial theoretical, empirical, and clinical work examines trauma as it relates to individual victims and perpetrators. Fewer investigations address the broader contexts that give rise to trauma, maintain it, and impact responses. This issue of JTD will expand upon this emerging literature to explore facets of institutions, cultures, and communities that contribute to trauma and outcomes such as public perceptions, legal and financial consequences, and psychological and physical health. We are seeking articles on topics including, but not limited to, trauma involving institutions such as schools and universities, churches and other religious institutions, the military, work environments, hospitals, jails and prisons; agencies such as police, foster care, immigration, federal assistance, disaster management, and the media; conflicts involving war, torture, terrorism and refugees; dynamics of racism, sexism, discrimination, bullying, and homophobia; and issues pertaining to measurement, methodology, advocacy, and intervention. Views that integrate frameworks outside of psychology are encouraged as we work to broaden our understanding of trauma to include phenomena such as coercion, secrecy, normalizing the status quo, and misinformation that often occur at a systemic level. Empirical papers and papers of clinical significance are encouraged, and will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should be 1500-5500 words. For more instructions, see Submission Instructions for Authors at:  Inquiries and submissions should be sent to the special issue editors at:  

You are welcome to submit a draft abstract or synopsis of a potential paper. We will do our best to provide constructive feedback.

Deadline: Submit papers for the special issue to by December 1, 2012. Receipt of papers will be acknowledged by email. For more information about the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, see:  or