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Submission Guidelines

Academic Leader helps academic deans, department chairs, program directors, provosts, and other academic decision-makers provide effective leadership within their colleges or departments. As such, we’re always looking for concise and insightful articles from experienced professionals on the ever-evolving role of academic administration.

Topics include: program assessment, accreditation, faculty support, faculty development, conflict management, budgets and finance, personnel issues, leadership styles, communication, strategic planning, leadership development, curriculum, student support, legal issues, and institutional culture.

Submission tips:

  • Write directly to the audience, remembering that this is an online publication read by your peers.
  • Keep the article short—generally between 850-1500 words, not counting references.
  • Provide practical, actionable advice to help academic leaders do their job more effectively.

Articles should not have been registered for copyright or published elsewhere (either on paper or electronically) prior to publication in Academic Leader.

Finally, don’t rule out writing for Academic Leader if you aren’t a well-known or widely published author. Many submissions come from first-time authors. Don’t downplay the relevance and usefulness of strategies and approaches that you’ve developed and that would be of interest to others with similar leadership responsibilities. Academic Leader prides itself on being a place where administrators can learn from and with each other.

Once you’ve written your article, please send it as a Word doc to Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti or Mary Bart. Please include a brief bio (not your entire CV) with your submission. The review process takes about four weeks.