Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting a chapter proposal for the volume titled Emerging Directions in Doctoral Education.

Submissions should be submitted electronically at:

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 12, 2014
Full Chapters Due: July 10, 2015
Book Title: Emerging Directions in Doctoral Education

An edited volume by Dr. Patrick Blessinger (International HETL Association) and Dr. Denise Stockley (Queen’s University, Canada)

Published by Emerald Group Publishing

Keywords: doctoral education, doctoral research, doctorate, practices in doctoral education, doctoral supervision


This volume will examine the diverse ways in which universities and colleges around the world are developing innovative ways to provide doctoral education, including new theories and models of doctoral education and the impact of changes in government and/or accreditation policy on practices in doctoral education. Specifically, this volume will examine the emerging trends in student selection practices, research topic selection, supervision practices, and dissertation review and approval process, across a range of disciplines across different institutional types across different countries. This volume also covers those policy and strategy issues that cut across all disciplines such as social and cross-cultural considerations, doctoral program accrediting organizations, and research ethics and quality assurance.


This volume seeks to understand the current landscape of how universities are preparing the next generation of researchers, scholars, scientists, and university faculty. This volume seeks to understand the relevant issues associated with new models of delivering doctoral education at the theory, policy, and practice levels. This book will be an edited book that presents empirically based case studies, other types of research studies, and scholarly essays that provide examples of how universities are delivering doctoral education. Recommended topic areas include the following: 1) Theory and Principles of Doctoral Education, 2) Successful Practices in Doctoral Education, and 3) Policies and Strategies for Implementing Doctoral Education.

Example topics might include the following:

 New forms of the doctorate
 Different cultural views on doctoral education
 Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary programs
 Epistemological and ontological considerations
 New literacies for contemporary researchers
 Researcher mindset(s) for the 21st century
 Development of professional identities
 Creative thinking in doctoral education
 Induction into an intellectual (disciplinary) community
 Program design: philosophy, curriculum, assessment
 Supervision, mentoring, and professional development
 Learner needs and research choices
 Program auditing and quality assurance
 Funding, fellowships, and student retention


This volume will benefit anyone involved in doctoral education, including faculty, academic affairs, student affairs, policymakers (e.g., governing leadership, executive leadership, accreditation organizations), students in the field of education, as well as leaders in international development and non-profit education organizations.


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 12, 2014 a one (1) page chapter proposal that explains how the proposal fits into the book’s goals and scope.

Important Dates

November 6, 2014: Call for Chapter Proposals
December 12, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 12, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
July 10, 2015: Full Chapter Submission
August 14, 2015: Peer Review Results Returned
September 18, 2015: Final Chapter Submission Due to Editors
Target Book Release: January 2016

Please direct any inquiries you may have to Patrick Blessinger at:
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Dr. Patrick W. Blessinger
Executive Director & Chief Research Scientist, HETL Association
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Senior Scholar, Institute for Meaning-Centered Education
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