Call for Papers

“Opportunities, Tensions, and Challenges of Global Higher Education”

New submission deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020 by 16:00 UTC

Global higher education has not only welcomed international students to study overseas but found fertile ground for the burgeoning of international campuses and other forms of culturally hybrid institutions. These changes open the quest for new pedagogies able to effectively combine Western, in particular Anglo-Saxon, pedagogical traditions with the expectations and sensitivities of students from Asia.

What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for global higher education? How will global higher educational institutions be able to manage growth? How will they recruit and train a new generation of instructors who are expert in new pedagogies? How will global educators face the challenges of the global classroom? How will global higher education effectively deliver the promise of contributing to sustainable development and social change in countries around the world?

ICA Instructional and Developmental Communication Division and Bond University are excited to invite higher education leaders, administrators, researchers, educators, experts of practice, graduate students and all other interested parties to submit their contributions to the “Opportunities, Tensions, and Challenges of Global Higher Education” pre-conference. The pre-conference will take place at the beautiful main campus of Bond University in 14 University Dr, Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on May 21 2020.

Topics of interest range from micro-analysis of classroom dynamics to macro-analysis at the institutional level. Specific topics of interest include:

We welcome submissions based on a variety of methodologies (quantitative and qualitative methods, including rhetorical methods, case studies and auto-ethnographies) and theoretical paradigms,as long as they provide a meaningful contribution to the theme and topics of interest of the pre-conference. Cross-institutional affiliation and cross-disciplinary collaborations are particularly welcomed.

The organizing committee seeks five types of submissions:

1. Full Papers (submit as an individual submission). Completed papers that deal with any of the topics of interest are highly encouraged. Please include 200-word abstract. Papers should be a maximum of 8,000 words (excluding abstract, including tables, references, and appendixes). Include a title page with NO identifying information;

2. Great Ideas for Teaching (and Assessing) Students in Global Contexts (GLOBAL GIFTS; submit as an individual submission). Scholars may submit instructor- and student-tested ideas for effectively teaching and assessing a wide variety of concepts in global contexts. GLOBAL GIFTS may cover: a) original single teaching activities that can be implemented in the global classroom; b) original teaching units that span several days or weeks; c) original teaching semester-long projects or approaches to an entire course; d) systematic data-driven reflection of assessment practices that allow educators to monitor student learning as well as improve the quality of specific courses or overall programs. Accepted GLOBAL GIFTS will be presented in high-density panels, which will consist of 2-3 minute oral previews of the GLOBAL GIFT and then groups will break out for discussion with presenters. To submit a GLOBAL GIFT, please include a) title of teaching or assessment activity, b) intended course, c) learning goal/objectives, d) description of teaching activity/teaching unit/course/assessment activity, and e) evaluation. The submission should be a maximum of 2,500 words (including tables, references, and appendixes; abstract not needed). **Place “GLOBAL GIFTS” in the title (e.g., GLOBAL GIFTS: Teaching Communication Theory to Chinese EFL Students Using Social Media);

3. Great Training Ideas in Global Context (GLOBAL TRAINING; submit as an individual submission). Scholars may submit tried-and-tested ideas for effectively training educators to prepare them for the global classroom. Accepted GLOBAL TRAINING will be presented in high-density panels, which will consist of 2-3minute oral previews of the GLOBAL TRAINING and then groups will break out for discussion with presenters. To submit a GLOBAL TRAINING, please include a) title of the training activity, b) goal/objectives, c) description of the training activity, and d) evaluation. The submission should be a maximum of 2,500 words (including tables, references, and appendixes; abstract not needed). **Place “GLOBAL TRAINING” in the title (e.g., GLOBAL TRAINING: On-boarding program to increase intercultural intelligence);

4. Experiences and Lessons Learned in Global Higher Education (GLOBAL REFLECTIONS submit as an individual submission). Reflective contributions (e.g., auto ethnography, case studies, critical analyses) are intended to provide program-, institutional- or cultural-level insights, such as (but not limited to) a historical overview developing an international branch campus, challenges in establishing trans-national educational institutions, teaching as someone from outside the host culture. The submission should be a maximum of 2,500 words (including tables, references, and appendixes; abstract not needed). **Place “GLOBAL REFLECTION” in the title;

5. Panels (Submit as a session). A group of presenters organized around a topic may submit a panel proposal. In this panel proposal, include a) 75 word program description, b) 400 word panel rationale, c) names and affiliations of presenters, d) title and a 150-word abstract for each presenter/paper. Panel submissions should include contributions from at least two different countries; not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department, or school; and generally be mindful to consider panelist diversity.

Style Guidelines

Please use APA style (6th ed.) when preparing your paper (double-spaced paragraphs; standard 1-inch/2.54-cm margins; 12-point Times New Roman font) and American spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

Submission Guidelines

Preparing the file: Have your submission ready to upload as a single document in PDF format. All tables, graphs, and pictures associated with your submission must be included with the main text in a single document.

Author identification: Names must be removed for anonymous reviews of submissions. Before uploading your paper, remove all author identification from the document including any file properties. (For example, in MS Word, in the “File” menu, select “Properties,” delete any identifying information, click “OK,” and save the document.). Not following the guidelines may disqualify your submission for review.

Submissions: Please submit 2 copies of the manuscript (one with identifying information, one fully anonymized) to

Peer-reviewed process

All submissions will be anonymously peer-reviewed by 2 reviewers. Submissions with identifying information and those not meeting the submission criteria for content and formatting will NOT be reviewed. Please note that if you submit, you may be invited to the reviewer pool. 

Presentation formats

Registered participants will have the opportunity to present their accepted works using a wide range of presentation formats, from the traditional, lecture-type format, to alternative formats (e.g. academic documentary film, practice-based workshops/demonstrations, etc.), to videoconference (Skype or Zoom).


Completed full research papers of publishable quality requiring only minor editing will be considered for immediate inclusion in the second volume of  “Stagnancy Issues and Change Initiatives for Global Education in the Digital Age” (Main editors: Theresa Neimann, Oregon State University; Jonathan Felix, RMIT University Vietnam; Elena Shliakhovchuk, University of Southern Mississippi; and Stacy Reeves, Polytechnic University of Valencia/Universitat Politècnica de València) to be published for IGI Global (exp. 2020). For additional details, see

For indexing details, see

Completed GLOBAL GIFTS, GLOBAL TRAINING, and GLOBAL REFLECTIONS of publishable quality requiring only minor editing, in addition to completed full research papers of publishable quality requiring more substantial edits, will also be considered for publication. These papers would be part of a corresponding volume by the same editorial team as above published at a later date (exp. 2021).

Deadline and contact person

All proposals must be submitted to by Friday, February 21, 2020 by 16:00 UTC. Accepted papers will be notified by Friday, April 10, 2020. For more information, please contact

Registration fees

Registration fees are 60USD for presenters, virtual or in person, and non-presenters. The fees include 2 coffee breaks and lunch buffet.

Organizing committee


The “Opportunities, Tensions, and Challenges of Global Higher Education” pre-conference has received the generous support of Bond University.


If the pre-conference does not have enough registrations by 1 April 2020, ICA reserves the right to cancel the pre-conference. Anyone who has registered by that point will be refunded.