Call for Special Issue Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Dismantling Ableism: The Moral Imperative for Leaders

Call for Special Issue Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Dismantling Ableism: The Moral Imperative for Leaders

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Cochran-Smith describes a social justice framework as one that "actively address[es] the dynamics of oppression, privilege, and isms, [and recognizes] that society is the product of historically rooted, institutionally sanctioned stratification along socially constructed group lines that include race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability [among others] (Cochran-Smith, 2009).

Furthermore, social justice educational leaders address the needs of youth who are marginalized with these identities (Dantley & Tillman, 2006; Frattura & Capper, 2007; Scheurich & Skrla, 2003; Theoharis, 2007).


While the literature on leadership preparation does address the structural strategies that leaders should use (Frattura & Capper, 2007; Scheurich & Skrla, 2003; Theoharis, 2007), this special volume more directly speaks to how Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory can be used in concert in that preparation.

How do we prepare leaders to address both institutional ableism and racism in systems such as discipline and disability classification? How do educational leaders take on activist roles for inclusion and social justice? What does the future of leadership look like when exploring issues through an intersectionality lens? What do other professional university preparation programs, such as Health, Policy, Human Services do to cultivate the moral and ethical leadership necessary to change existing systems?


Papers should be submitted to the online portal. Directions to submit are as follows:

1    Create an account by clicking on "REGISTER" at

2    Log into your account with your username and password.

3    Submit your manuscript by clicking "NEW SUBMISSION" at 4 In the question "Select the appropriate section for

this submission" select "Forum - Dismantling Abelism: The Moral Imperative for Leaders"

5 Follow all directions as stated. A confirmation email will be sent, acknowledging receipt.

Papers should be approximately 4000 words and must follow the RDS Author Guidelines issions

Topics and questions related to this CFP on critical disability and leadership may include:

·      Leadership as imaginative, creative and the work of possibility

·      Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies and leadership pedagogies and practices.

·      Disability studies and critical race theory analyses of neoliberalism’s focus on leading for college and career readiness.

·      Discipline and the politics of ableism and racism.

·      Disrupting the narratives of anger and ‘madness’, disorderly behavior and pathological disorder.

Intersections of ableism and Whiteness in instructional leadership