: Call for Papers - WPHES Special Issue - University Leadership in Turbulent Times: A European Perspective

CALL FOR PAPERS

WPHES Special Issue

University Leadership in Turbulent Times

- A European Perspective -

 

Guest Editors

Jussi Kivistö, University of Tampere, Finland

Attila Pausits, Danube University Krems, Austria

Frances Tsakonas, RITE Education Associates , United Kingdom


The e-Journal & The Symposium

Working Papers in Higher Education Studies (WPHES) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal of working papers published on behalf of the Erasmus+ joint master's programme in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MaRIHE) and the Master Programme in Higher Education Studies and Development (MHESD).

The aim of this special issue is to collect and share insights from practice and from research related to the core themes of an upcoming international high-level event - 'University Leadership in Turbulent Times: A European Perspective' - a symposium that will take place on the Greek Island of Lesvos from May 2 to 6, 2018.  The event is organised by University Leaders Symposium, a division of RITE Education Associates, in partnership with the EAIR and powered by MARIHE.

The Symposium is open to university leaders (Rectors, Vice Chancellors, Presidents and/or their Vices/Deputies) from across the European continent (including the EU, MENA, Balkan and Black Sea regions).

We are now calling for papers from Practitioners, Researchers, and Policy-Makers, on the topic and themes of the Symposium to provide background reading material for the university leaders attending the Symposium that is thought-provoking.  We want to use these papers to stimulate discussion and reflection by university leaders during the Symposium.

 

Background to the Symposium

Our European continent is facing numerous challenges on several fronts - on the political/economic front, on the migration/human rights front, on the security/terrorism front. It is within this context, this environment, that university leaders are called upon to ensure that their own, as well as their institution's legacy is sustainable; that their own, as well as their institution's voice is heeded; and that their own, as well as their institution's ethical choices are unconditional.

As such, the Symposium will be scaffolded upon the three vertical pillars - politics/economy, migration/human rights, and security/terrorism - that represent the major challenges currently facing the European continent within which universities co-exist, and interlaced with the three horizontal threads - legacy, voice, and ethics - that represent the key areas of consideration by university leaders for which their leadership can be transformational.

The objectives of the Symposium are:

  • To canvass the challenges faced by the European continent within which universities are required to operate
  • To interrogate the legacy, the voice, the ethical choices of university leadership
  • To approach university leadership from an innovative and thought-provoking perspective
  • To empower university leaders with commitments for the sustainability of their institutions
  • To transform the way university leaders envisage their leadership mission 

The aim of this special issue is to undertake a critical appraisal of the above mentioned topics and threads with special emphasis to any of the following:

  • The issues surrounding the university leader's and/or his/her institution's legacy in relation to the vertical pillars of the Symposium. 
  • The issues surrounding the university leader's and/or his/her institution's voice in relation to the vertical pillars of the Symposium. 
  • The issues surrounding the university leader's and/or his/her institution's ethical choices in relation to the vertical pillars of the Symposium.
  • The issues surrounding the university leader's and/or his/her institution's legacy, voice and ethical choices in terms of the complexity and turbulence currently facing the European continent.
  • The issues regarding transformational leadership that university leaders must address.

Interested authors are to submit a 4,000 word text, including references, for consideration to the guest editors by September 1, 2017. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 1, 2017, and will be given additional time to revise their contributions in the light of editorial comments. The special issue is to go public before the symposium in May 2018.


Submit your texts as a word document to: wphes@wphes-journal.eu