From Pandemic Panic to Promising Practice

Edited by:
Shirley Marie McCarther, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Donna M. Davis, University of Missouri - Kansas City

A volume in the series: History of Education. Editor(s): Curtis Mason, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Call for Chapter Proposals

This volume is specifically looking for narratives, thus submissions need not be full-blown research studies. On the contrary, the point of this volume is for authors to document the effects of the pandemic period on schooling and practice. Chronicling the lessons learned will provide an historical trail for historians of the future to explore. It is the breakthrough experiences recorded for generations of future researchers that are what we want to highlight—the chapter essays will record innovative discoveries, quantum leaps, and leading-edge developments for future historians to analyze and interpret. We envision this book will consist of a collage of original unpublished essays, not under consideration by any other journal or publisher. Submissions must capture the powerful learnings and significant take-aways that advance practice of scholars during the arduous and challenging months of the 21st century pandemic. We seek portraits of schooling and vignettes of education on topics both within the United States and abroad to consider for publication.

We have heard the word, “unprecedented,” used thousands of times during this past year on news outlets, in our work environments, and in our daily lives. And indeed, this global pandemic, which has killed over 748,000 in the United States, is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. As historians, we know it is critical that we document this time of crisis so that generations to come can bear witness to this time of turmoil and tragedy. With these ideas in mind, this volume in the History of Education Book Series is seeking to hear from scholars in higher education, PK-12, and related fields who can share their learnings as the archival material that will benefit future scholars interested in understanding what it meant for schooling to survive and thrive during this health catastrophe and devastating time in our country’s history.

This volume is divided into five distinct sections, prospective authors must declare their chapter topic and may submit in any of the following areas (sample topics of interest are also included below)...

• Teaching (Pedagogical shifts, Curriculum adaptions, Distance & Zoom teaching, Differentiated instructional applications)

• Advising (Advising strategies, Home-office-school phenomena, Technology as barrier or bounty, Structuring engagement)

• Mentoring (Supporting students’ mental health, Modeling, Feedback, Relationship building, Formal & informal opportunities)

• Research (Overcoming barriers, Black lives matter, xenophobia, gender inequality, Social media & misinformation)

• Service (Food insecurity, Schooling & unemployment, Community partnerships & outreach, University committee structures)

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS: Submissions must be submitted by February 15, 2022. Please email them to Shirley Marie McCarther at with the subject line of “2022 Breakthrough Submitted Essay — Author’s last name, first name” (Example 2022 Breakthrough Submitted Essay—Smith, Allen) All submissions must include the following:

1) Section (as listed in Topics of Interest above)
2) Cover page with title, author(s) directory information
3) Abstract and full essay
4) On separate sheet include brief author bio of 200-300 words
5) List of relevant publications

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 15, 2022 about the status of their submission. Full edited chapters, ranging from 10 to 12 pages in Times New Roman 12, double spaced text, inclusive of title, abstract, manuscript, and references, will be due to the editors by June 3, 2022. Manuscripts should conform to 7th edition APA style conventions. See Author Guidelines. Graphics and images may be included.

Notification of invite to submit chapter: November 8, 2021

Submission of book chapter: February 15, 2022

Reviews of book chapter manuscripts sent to author(s): April 15, 2022

Receipt by editors of final draft of book chapters: June 3, 2022

Final book submitted to publisher: July 15, 2022

Anticipated publication: October 1, 2022

Send all inquiries to Shirley Marie McCarther,