Special Issues of the Journal of School Leadership

Special Issues of the Journal of School Leadership

Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2015

Submission Guidelines

Each year, the Journal of School Leadership publishes at least one Special Issue for which guest editors assume responsibility for conceptualizing, assembling, and editing the issue. Each paper is subject to the same protocols and procedures that the JSL Editorial Board has established in its Submission Guidelines although the process is adapted for Special Issues. Guest Editors of Special Issues are supported by a designated member of the JSL Editorial Leadership Team (The Editor, Associate Editors, and or Editorial Review Board Member), along with the Assistant Editor, in steering and developing Special Issue editions.

Selection Criteria for Special Issue Themes

The main criteria for the selection of themes are the advancement of knowledge within a specifically focused area of school leadership, conceived broadly. JSL is particularly interested in Special Issues that explore the relationship between leadership and the following:

  • Teaching, curriculum, and instruction
  • Student learning, development, and achievement
  • Whole school renewal and change
  • Equity, justice, spirituality, and other moral and ethical issues
  • Social and cultural contexts of schooling
  • Individual and institutional accountability
  • Diversity with respect to race, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and learning styles
  • Law, finance, and personnel issues in education
  • Pre-service preparation and in-service professional development of educational leaders
  • Libraries and information technology

Another important criterion is that the issue must be in concordance with the aims and purpose of JSL. The choice of themes in previous Special Issues represents the goals and scope of JSL (see below), which include embracing a broad conception of school leadership that reflects the diversity of ways in which this term is understood.


Examples of Previous JSL Special Issues

  • JSL 24.3: The Rural Superintendency

Edited by Rose M. Ylimaki & C. Cryss Brunnner

  • Introduction: The Rural Superintendency
    • Rose M. Ylimaki & C. Cryss Brunner
  • Blind Spots: Small, Rural Communities and High Turnover in the Superintendency
    • Barry Kamrath & C. Cryss Brunner
  • Young Superintendents with School-Age Children: Gendered Expectations, Effectiveness, and Life Quality in Rural Communities
    • Roger Klatt
  • The Rural Social Justice Leader: An Exploratory Profile in Resilience
    • Gerri M. Maxwell, Leslie Ann Locke, & James Joseph Scheurich
  • The Rural Superintendency and the Need for a Critical Leadership of Place
    • Janeil C. Rey
  • Accountability Narratives of Rural School Superintendents and Administrators: Moving from Two-Level to Three-Level Analysis
    • David O’Rourke & Rose M. Ylimaki
  • JSL 23.4: Women Leading for Social Justice

Edited by Whitney Sherman Newcomb & Anjalé D. Welton

  • Introduction: Women Leading for Social Justice
    • Whitney Sherman Newcomb & Anjalé D. Welton
  • African American Women Aspiring to the Superintendency: Lived Experiences and Barriers
    • Roma B. Angel, Jim Killacky, & Patricia R. Johnson
  • The Subtlety of Age, Gender, and Race Barriers: A Case Study of Early Career African American Female Principals
    • Gaëtane Jean-Marie
  • “I Love These Girls – I was These Girls”: Women Leading for Social Justice in a Single-Sex Public School
    • Katherine Cumings Mansfield
  • Finding Our Stride: Young Women Professors of Educational Leadership
    • Whitney Sherman Newcomb, Danna M. Beaty, Karen Sanzo, & April Peters-Hawkins
  • Leadership for Social Change: Learning From the Perspectives of Latina/Chicana Activist Educators
    • Marcia Venegas-García
  • JSL 23.2: Distributed Instructional Leadership as a Reform Strategy – Activating Teacher Leadership to Improve Student Learning in Urban High Schools

Edited by Paul Bredeson & Carolyn Kelley

  • Introduction to the Special Issue: Distributed Instructional Leadership as a Reform Strategy – Activating Teacher Leadership to Improve Student Learning in Urban High Schools
    • Paul Bredeson & Carolyn Kelley
  • Leading Learning-Focused Teacher Leadership in Urban High Schools
    • Bradley S. Portin, Felice Atesoglu Russell, Catherine Samuelson, & Michael S. Knapp
  • Learning-Focused Leadership in Urban High Schools: Response to Demanding Environments
    • Michael S. Knapp, Sue Feldman, & Theresa Ling Yeh
  • Defining and Activating the Role of Department Chair as Instructional Leader
    • Carolyn Kelley & Jason Salisbury
  • Principals Fostering the Instructional Leadership Capacities of Department Chairs: A Strategy for Urban High School Reform
    • Hans W. Klar
  • Distributed Instructional Leadership in Urban High Schools: Transforming the Work of Principals and Department Chairs Through Professional Development
    • Paul Bredeson
  • Distributed Instructional Leadership in High Schools
    • Richard Halverson & Matthew Clifford

Choice of Contributors

Individuals interested in editing a Special Issue must complete the attached Special Issue Proposal Form and submit it to jsl@louisville.edu by the date specified in the call for proposals. Special Issue contributors will reflect a diversity of institutions, disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives. The inclusion of well-established researchers along with those who are perhaps less-known, as well as graduate students should be considered. Each special issue includes five papers and an editorial focused on a particular aspect of school leadership.

Special Issues of the Journal of School Leadership Proposal Form


Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages, single-spaced, using 12pt Times New Roman and 1in margins. Proposals that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.


Proposal Criteria (to be completed by guest editor(s):

Special Issue Topic/Theme:

Guest Editor(s) Name, Affiliation, and Contact Information:


Purpose and Rationale for Special Issue:

Potential Contributors Listed with the Working Titles and Abstracts of their Manuscripts (Abstracts should be 150 words per manuscript. An abstract is not necessary for the Editorial/Introductory manuscript):


Contributions and Significance of Proposed Special Issue:

Submission Timeline

  • May 1, 2015: Special issue proposals due to JSL editor, Gaëtane Jean-Marie

(email: jsl@louisville.edu) and undergo review from JSL Leadership Team

  • June 1, 2015: Selected Special Issue Proposal Editor receives notification from JSL

                        editor and discusses special issue process

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