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  • Currents in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines. Published twice a year, Currents seeks to improve teaching and learning in higher education with short reports on classroom practices as well as longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles, and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today. Non-specialists and jargon-free, Currents is addressed to both faculty and graduate students in higher education, teaching in all academic disciplines.

    Currents in Teaching and Learning is a publication of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Worcester State University. (ISSN: 1945-3043)

    • Managing Editor: Linda Larrivee 
    • Editor: Martin Fromm
    • Book Review Editor: Kisha Tracy
    • Editorial Assistant: Kayla Beman

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  • Editorial Advisory Board

    The Currents in Teaching and Learning Editorial Advisory Board fulfills both editorial and advisory functions, and is made up of Worcester State University faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Currents solicits interested teacher-scholars from a representative range of disciplines and higher-education institutions to form our external Advisory Board.

    Editorial Advisory Board

    • Daron Barnard
    • Charles Cullum
    • Emanuel Nneji
    • Josna Rege
    • Dan Shartin
    • Kisha Tracy
    • Cleve Wiese
    Call for Papers

    Currents invites submissions for its Spring 2016 issue: Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 2016

    Theme for this issue: Liberal arts education in the 21st century


    We welcome submissions that address any aspects relating to this theme, including:

    • What does a liberal arts education mean in the 21st century?
    • How does a liberal arts education prepare students for the challenges and responsibilities of intellectual, moral, civic, and professional engagement in a complex and changing world?
    • How can we theorize and/or put into practice pedagogical concepts, approaches, and innovations that can contribute to a robust and dynamic liberal arts education inside and/or outside the classroom?

    Submissions may take the form of:

    • Teaching and program reports: short reports from different disciplines on classroom practices (2,850-5,700 words)
    • Essays: longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today (5,700-7,125 words)
    • Book and website reviews: send inquiries to the attention of Book Review Editors; no unsolicited reviews, please

    We welcome both individual and group submissions. All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work and, if based in a particular academic discipline, must explicitly consider their relevance and applicability to other disciplines and classroom settings. (See our submission guidelines below.)

    Submissions deadline for Spring 2016 issue: December 1, 2015
    Submissions received after this date will be considered for the following issue.

    Send all inquiries to Editor Martin Fromm or Editorial Assistant Kayla Beman at currents@worcester.edu.

    Submission Guidelines

    To submit a manuscript, email the submission as a Microsoft Word document to currents@worcester.edu. Please do not mail a hard copy.

    Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are original material and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


    After your manuscript has been accepted, please fill out and submit a Copyright Transfer Form for each author. Authors who wish to use their published manuscript in an edited book or other compilation of articles may do so, but first must obtain written permission from Currents.

    Manuscripts can be take the form of a short report (suggested length: 10 to 20 pages; word count: 2,850-5,700 words) or longer article (suggested length: 20 to 25 pages; word count: 5,700-7,125 words). Texts of a length exceeding this will be considered as interest warrants and space permits.

    Manuscripts should be prepared following guidelines established in the publication manual of the American Psychological Association.

    Articles may include graphics and hyperlinks to online multimedia objects or other online materials, where the latter are indicated and linked using the hyperlink tool provided in MS Word. Authors should ensure that all links are active at the time of submission.

    Submissions should include:

    1. Title page with full title, full name of each author with current affiliation, position held and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note of about 50 words. A second title page should be included without identifying information for peer review.
    2. Pages should be numbered consecutively in the upper right hand corner, beginning with the title page.
    3. Manuscripts should be double spaced in entirety, with 1-inch margins on all sides.
    4. Include an abstract of 100-150 words.
    5. List keywords and/or phrases beneath the abstract.
    6. Text should be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings, and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text.
    7. Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out at first mention.
    8. Words to be set in italics (contrary to the rules of the style manual) should be set in italics, not underlined; sentence structure should be used to create emphasis.
    9. References are cited in the text as follows: (author(s), year of publication).
    10. The purpose of tables and figures is to present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. The author should not describe the data in the text in such detail that illustration or text is redundant.
    11. Figures and tables should be keyed to the text. Tables should each be typed on a separate sheet and placed at the end of the manuscript (after the references).
    12. Tables and figures should be numbered sequentially (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, and Figure 1, Figure 2) and include descriptive titles.

    Once the editors determine that the manuscript’s format and content are appropriate for the journal, the manuscript is then sent through a blind peer-review process. Names of reviewers will not be released to authors, nor will reviewers know the identities of authors whose work they review. The review process will take 8-10 weeks. Authors will be notified of the recommendations of the review panel and will be provided copies of the reviewers' comments.

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