November 30, 2020

Submission deadline

December 18, 2020

Author notification

January 11, 2021

Minor revisions completed


In recognition of the many ways CTLs have reimagined how they do educational development in 2020, we are seeking a handful of 2,000-3,500 word essays for a special practitioner-focused issue of To Improve the Academy. We expect essays to outline effective educational development practices and accompanying lessons learned during this time of crisis. Possible questions you might address include:

  • In what ways did you shift or alter your educational development programming in response to the crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the current crises related to racial equity, and social and political unrest?
  • What opportunities and challenges have presented themselves as you have shifted or altered your work?
  • What have you learned that will change your educational development work moving forward?

Because we aim to publish this special issue in a timely fashion, we invite submissions that are in well-developed, publishable form. We encourage you to use the following questions to structure your writing, as these questions will be used by the guest editors in their review of submitted manuscripts:

  • What was the challenge/opportunity you/your CTL faced?
  • What did you do in response? What informed your decision?
  • What feedback/evidence did you use to evaluate your progress and/or gauge your success?
  • What recommendations or takeaways do you have for other educational developers?

Submission Process

Interested authors should submit a 2,000-3,500 word essay to To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development Submission by November 30, 2020. When submitting, please select the “Educational Development in the Time of Crisis” section to be considered for this special issue.  Manuscripts will be blind peer-reviewed by three TIA guest editors. To learn more about the role of the guest editors and to apply, visit our call for guest editors page.

Authors will be notified by December 18 of acceptance and will submit any minor revisions to the editors by January 11. The special issue will be published in February or March, 2021.