Our Call For Submissions

LogoCalling all guest bloggers!  We invite you to contribute a blog post (or a series of posts) to Conditionally Accepted to help to broaden the diversity of voices reflected on the blog.  Please read the following call for submissions, and share it with your friends and colleagues to spread the word [download PDF version].  Below the call, I have included suggestions for topics for guest blog posts; feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section.  Thank you!

~ Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman, Conditionally Accepted Editor

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Call For Submissions

ConditionallyAccepted.com – an online space for marginalized scholars who are “conditionally accepted” in academia – invites guest blog posts (500-1,000 words) regarding inequality, discrimination, and harassment in and related to academia and higher education. The blog offers an unfolding electronic dialogue among marginalized scholars, wherein we share personal stories, advice, information, resources, as well as engage in scholarly debate. Voices from scholars of various backgrounds, disciplines, and career paths are encouraged to contribute. Anonymous and pseudonymous posts are welcome, as well. Submissions should be emailed to conditionallyaccepted@gmail.com. Please briefly describe how your proposed post fits into the blog’s focus. You can see more information in our suggested guidelines for contributions.

Suggested Ideas

Personal narratives from the experiences of scholars who are:

  • Trans and gender non-conforming
  • Disabled, including those with “invisible” disabilities
  • Working-class
  • Fat
  • International
  • Survivors of violence and trauma
  • Mothers and/or single-parents (especially who are also of color and/or working-class)
  • From marginalized religions
  • In the STEM fields
  • Early graduate students
  • Tenured/senior
  • Department chairs
  • Deans and other administrators
  • Postdocs
  • Adjuncts and other contingent faculty
  • Student affairs professionals

Advice on navigating the following processes and milestones:

  • Applying to graduate school
  • Finding a mentor in graduate school
  • Having one’s graduate mentor leave
  • Quitting graduate school
  • Taking time off during graduate school
  • Publishing
  • The devaluation or outright dismissal of research on one’s own marginalized community as “me-search”
  • Co-authorships and collaborations, particularly in “power imbalanced” relationships (e.g., student-faculty, junior scholar-senior scholar)
  • Research productivity at liberal arts or regional colleges, or outside of traditional academic settings
  • Networking
  • The academic job market
  • The non-academic job market
  • Pursuing alternative careers (alt-ac)
  • Dealing with students’ challenges inside and outside of the classroom
  • Tips for becoming a better teacher
  • The pressure to remain “neutral” in the classroom
  • Teaching tips for international instructors
  • Mentoring students
  • Securing letter writers for tenure
  • Success on the tenure-track
  • Tenure denials
  • Promotion to full professor
  • Becoming an administrator
  • Finding a new job
  • Navigating department politics, especially “toxic” departments
  • Disproportionate service expectations, especially related to diversity

Personal narratives on and/or advice for the following barriers in academia:

  • Mental illness
  • Disability and chronic illness
  • Impostor syndrome
  • Motherhood in graduate school
  • Pregnancy and motherhood on the academic job market
  • Pregnancy and motherhood while on the tenure-track
  • Work-life(-family) balance
  • Sexual violence (including sexual harassment)
  • Discrimination and harassment

Other personal issues:

  • Dating in academia
  • Finding friends in (and outside of) academia
  • Self-care

Scholarly perspectives and debates about the following issues in higher education, particularly as they impact marginalized scholars and students:

  • Rising student debt
  • The “adjunctification” of higher education (i.e., growing reliance on adjuncts and other contingent faculty)
  • Better pay, resources, and support for adjuncts and other contingent faculty
  • The “corportatization” of higher education
  • Threats to academic freedom
  • Diversifying faculty
  • Open access publishing
  • Academic blogging and other social media

4 thoughts on “Our Call For Submissions

  1. This is a great idea. It will be really interesting to see what sorts of perspectives the guest submissions will generate!

    Perhaps I could submit something about my experience trying to make it as a student at a “non-traditional” college while juggling adult ADD, depression, a child, etc. Maybe it’s not the most adverse, or rare for that matter, circumstance imaginable, but I feel I could articulate it well.

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  2. Wow, I just read through your list of suggestions, so many of my pet topics, so many ongoing conversations that I have whether there is anyone listening or not! Perhaps that’s why I follow your page, these are the things I want to talk and read about.
    Not sure if you’re wanting our ideas so that you can pick out some new or potentially interesting ideas, or you want basically volunteers to write about particular things – it would be very interesting to have some kind of ‘themed’ discussions with multiple contributors on related topics?
    I have a personal interest in the following – whether they are separate or all basically part of the ‘conditionally accepted’ me, I don’t know.
    I have lived with a difficult to manage chronic disease since childhood.
    I cannot get tenure
    I am a single parent, and raised children throughout all of my studies.
    I have many interests in a lot of areas and I am informed about these, but apparently l am not considered an ‘expert’ in anything!
    Respectful communication between university management, tenured and non tenured academics is an area of chronic disappointment, confusion, accusations, blame, having consequences that are rarely allowed to be discussed.
    I never get a job through an interview, only through recommendations or because they are ‘desperate’
    Student evaluations are a bane on my life.
    All of the above continue to affect my mental and physical health and well being, and that of my children too.
    And so it goes on. Happy to write on any or all of the above (as I have to some extent on my blog https://tasasociologyofeducation.wordpress.com/ )
    Cheers, congratulations on a great site, and look forward to seeing what you get!

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    • Hi Annabelle — please do consider contributing a guest post, or series of posts. Any of the topics (personal and professional challenges) that you proposed would fit with the blog’s focus and, I imagine, resonate with others’ experiences.

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