Phoenix Scholar (Special Edition): Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within Communities of Practice

Phoenix Scholar (Special Edition): Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within Communities of Practice

Call for Submissions

Deadline: September 15, 2020 (11:59 PM Phoenix Time)


The Phoenix Scholar™ is accepting submissions for a diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused edition.  We are interested in contributions that offer practitioner-focused guidance to help led the efforts within our nation’s workforce to effectively build and support inclusivity within communities of practice. We especially welcome manuscripts that address the experiences and outcomes of individuals from underrepresented and underserved demographics, focus on organizational barriers and challenges, examine patterns of access and achievement, and explore the impact of engagement within diverse environments. We are also interested in submissions that explore issues related to teaching and learning, organizational development, best practices in business environments, personnel management, policy development and implementation, and leadership and organizational change in diverse environments.

Potential submission topics may include (but are not limited to): 

·      The status of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion within today’s communities of practice (workplaces).

·      Examining the status or experience of a specific diversity demographic within the workplace.

·      Exploring identity and belonging in the workplace.

·      Fairness perceptions of access to and outcomes of organizational work-life balance practices.

·      Leading multigenerational workplaces.

·      Work-life experiences of individuals in multicultural workplaces.

·      Examining diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in P-16 school settings.

·      Best practices within diversity and inclusion management.

·      Social and organizational policies necessary to create inclusive working environments.

·      Examining diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in healthcare.

·      Examining implicit biases and effectively challenging assumptions about the “ideal worker”.

This Special Edition is hosted by the UOPX College of Doctoral Studies’ Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR).  Submissions from all faculty staff, students, and alumni are encouraged. All general guidelines such as submitting via the InfoReady system must be followed via this link. See author guidelines below. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Kimberly Underwood (Special Edition Editor) at

Author Guidelines:

  •         All articles must be submitted in APA style using Microsoft Word. Maximum word count for feature type stories is 1,200 to 1,500. Any exceptions to this must be approved before submission. Do not include images or figures inside the document. Images must be emailed separately. Articles should include cutlines that are correspondingly numbered to each image. Please, no more than three.
  • All accompany images and figures must be guaranteed royalty free and be of the highest resolution possible. We suggest a minimum of 8 mega-pixels, but prefer 18. All images and figures must be sent separately as a jpeg, jpg, or png, not within the Word document. Email images using the same naming convention of the article, but include the cutline number separated by a hyphen: 1, 2, and 3 at the of the file name. Example:  Smith_LeadershipStylesOf_09-15-20-1.
  •      All in-text links need to be added as comments in the Word document. So, the comment should be over the word the link should be associated.
  •      Limit the use of bold or italics in text to a max of three. This does not include the reference section.
  •      Each submission must be within a separate Word document.
  •      Do not double space after periods, as this is done automatically in InDesign.
  •      Do not offset new paragraphs or the reference section, all paragraphs and references should sit flush with the margin of the Word document.
  •      Save article name using author last name, underscore, the first three words of the proposed title, underscore, and the six digit date of the preceding publication quarterly deadline, for example: Smith_LeadershipStylesOf_09-15-20.
  •      Articles are only accepted under first rights and should not be under consideration from any other publication nor have been previously published (Center chairs and their fellows are exempt from this stipulation if the piece has been published on the UOPX Research Hub). If accepted all materials are copyrighted by Phoenix Scholar™ under first rights. Once published authors may submit such pieces to other publications of their choice
  •      The editorial deadline for consideration is September 15, 2020.
  •      Final publication date is November 15, 2020 (Winter Edition).
  •      These guidelines are subject to change at any time.

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