Call for Proposals: Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology

Posted on August 22, 2011


Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology

A book edited by Dr. Russell G. Carpenter, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, Eastern Kentucky University, USA

To be published by IGI Global:

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 15, 2011

Full Chapter Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012


University Business magazine, in its recent “Collaboration Station” issue published in May, 2011, documented the recent flurry of reinvented spaces and new construction that caters to students and university populations. In it, they recall the uninviting environments of yesterday and look toward the future of designing higher education learning spaces. Higher education spaces are undergoing radical transformation in an attempt to respond to the needs of 21st-century learners and a renewed interest in collaboration that spans beyond the walls of departments, colleges, and libraries. Meanwhile, libraries, media labs, and other central higher education initiatives are reinventing their spaces through remodeled centers and full-scale renovation projects. Likewise, some involve new, collaborative practices that respond to the ways that students, faculty, and staff communicate, research, and learn in the 21st century. Universities are drawing from successful reinvented corporate environments as they design their new spaces, libraries are becoming centralized hubs for collaboration and information design, and the information commons concept has taken on a new meaning for higher education leaders.

This collection invites representatives from higher education, K-12 education, a range of industries, and the corporate sector to ask questions about the future of higher education spaces, collaborative partnerships, and technologies that serve to develop new environments or reinvent previously unused or underused ones. The editor invites single authored and collaboratively written articles from a diverse range of innovative higher education and corporate partners to offer perspectives on ways in which technology, collaborative efforts, and creative thinking can be leveraged to envision new and redesigned higher education spaces.

Overall Objective of the Book

Cases on Higher Education Spaces seeks to assemble major innovations in the design of higher education spaces through a collection of cases written by scholars, directors, and other leaders involved in developing or re-envisioning learning environments. This volume brings together representatives from a diverse range of areas in higher education, including libraries, communication centers, writing centers, digital media labs, learning commons, and new hybrid initiatives that integrate several of these areas in the design of innovative and technologically sophisticated learning spaces. The collection seeks to accomplish the following objectives:

1) Offer readers useful background information about the current climate of innovative, technologically sophisticated design for learning spaces to create a context for the articles in this volume.

2) Provide instructive case studies of effective and emerging collaborative spaces in higher education, K-12, and industry so that these areas might create a dialogue with one another and readers might draw comparisons.

3) Provide higher education leaders with concrete information about the needs of collaborative, technologically sophisticated spaces and the value of reinventing outdated ones.

4) Provide insights for university leaders and administrators to increase emphasis on collaboration and technology in the development of innovative spaces appropriate for 21st-century literacies and learning.

5) Offer well-theorized speculation about the future of technologically sophisticated higher education spaces based on historical trends and projections about innovations, technologies, and collaborations. This speculation can help shape the future of collaboratively designed spaces and help stakeholders from campus and industry prepare for coming challenges and opportunities.

Target Audience

Higher education and K‐12 faculty, staff, students, and administrators; leaders of innovative spaces and initiatives, who collaborate within and in partnership with educational institutions and have an interest in integrating technologies to facilitate that cooperation. Higher education leaders interested in developing 21st-century learning environments or reinventing previously unused or underused ones.

With its parallel emphases on higher education spaces, technological advancements, collaborative relationships, creative innovation, and engaging pedagogy, this collection will serve as a resource for academic administrators, instructors, librarians, and industry leaders. The range of texts in this collection will include practical essays that provide educators and administrators with the strategies necessary to implement their own innovative learning spaces, theoretical pieces that will help readers develop useful ways of thinking about collaborative efforts that pave the way for designing innovative spaces, and speculative essays that anticipate new directions in higher education spaces, educational technology, and collaborative relationships.


Proposals for cases of 7-8,000 words might include any one topic or multiple threads. Topics of interest might include but are not limited to any of the following:

·      innovative, successful collaborative higher-education spaces with an emphasis on best practices for uses of technology

·      approaches to space design through collaboration and use of technology to shape experience

·      strategies for developing a socially engaged and technologically sophisticated collaborative space for the future

·      collaborations between/among library, learning commons, knowledge commons, writing centers, communication centers, digital media labs, and new emerging hybrid spaces

·      designing innovative, recently developed, or in-progress spaces that involve collaboration and/or innovations in the use of technology, along with pedagogies for those spaces

·      national and international theoretical possibilities and perspectives for innovative learning spaces

·      sustainability in the design of collaborative, technologically-sophisticated spaces

·      K-12 spaces that have emerged through collaboration and involve the use of technology

·      innovations in corporate models for the design of technology-rich spaces for collaboration or cases that resulted through collaboration with implications for higher education

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit 2‐3 page proposals describing the objectives and approach of each proposed chapter. The final deadline for proposals is November 15, 2011, but the editor will begin reviewing proposals and providing feedback immediately. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 9, 2011 and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters will be due on January 15, 2012. All submitted chapters will undergo a double‐masked review process. Contributors may also be invited to serve as reviewers for the project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.

Important Dates

November 15, 2011 Proposal Submission Deadline
December 9, 2011 Proposal Acceptance and Rejection Notifications Sent
Full Chapter Submission: January 15, 2012
Review Results to Authors: March 31, 2012
Revised Chapters Due: April 30, 2012
Final Acceptance Notifications: May 15, 2012
Submission of Final Chapters: May 30, 2012

Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Melody A. Bowdon, PhD, University of Central Florida, USA
Ryan Bretag, IDEA Learning Space, Glenbrook North High School, USA
Richard Holeton, MFA, Stanford University, USA
June Hyndman, PhD, Georgetown College, USA
Karla Saari Kitalong, PhD, Michigan Technological University, USA
Dickie Selfe, PhD, The Ohio State University, USA
Kay Souter, PhD, La Trobe University, Australia
Jayne Violette, PhD, Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Inquiries, proposals, and submissions can be sent electronically in MS Word to:

Dr. Russell G. Carpenter
Director, Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
Assistant Professor of English
Eastern Kentucky University

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