Upcoming: Fostering Successful Integration and Engagement

Special Issue on Fostering Successful Integration and Engagement Between Domestic and International Students on College and University Campuses

Call for Contributions

The Journal of International Students is seeking manuscripts that examine the potential to foster successful integration and engagement between domestic and international students as well as the host community in higher education institutions. Instead of assuming that international students must adjust, assimilate, or acculturate into the dominant culture of campus life, this special issue welcomes contributions that explore progressive policies and practices that encourage international students and host nationals to meaningfully engage with each other as equals in a spirit of mutuality both within the classroom and beyond. By shifting the focus from “adjustment” to “mutual engagement,” the contributions to this special issue may consider a range of questions, such as: What are the conditions of possibility for fostering meaningful cross-cultural interactions between domestic and international students? What social theories of education might provide more useful ways of theorizing cross-cultural encounters? What policies and practices are most effective in promoting mutual engagement to enhance academic and social learning for both domestic and international students? The aim of this special issue is to showcase innovative educational research and professional practices to help foster successful cross-cultural learning in an increasingly globalized world.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Social theories of international student engagement and integration
  • Institutional strategies to foster meaningful cross-cultural interactions
  • Role of support services in promoting mutual engagement
  • International clubs, student associations, and multicultural centers
  • Non-institutional forms of social connectivity between domestic and international students
  • Autobiographical narratives of the development of cross-cultural friendships

Submission format includes the following:

  • Theoretical and empirical studies (6,000-word limit)
  • Practitioner and personal narratives on successful practices and initiatives (2,500-word limit)

If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please submit a preliminary abstract of the manuscript (250 words maximum) here. Abstracts should be submitted by no later than June 1, 2017, 5pm PST. For questions, contact Dr. CindyAnn Rose-Redwood at cindyann@uvic.ca, and Dr. Reuben Rose-Redwood at redwood@uvic.ca.

Our anticipated timeline is as follows:

  • April 1, 2017:           Call for proposals
  • June 1, 2017:          Proposals due
  • July 1, 2017:        Notification to authors
  • December 1, 2017:       Full Manuscripts due
  • March 1, 2018:              Special issue release

Please direct any questions to the co-editors of this special issue: