Global Outreach and Engagement: Navigating the Tension Between Local Impacts and Global Responsibilities


Metropolitan Universities journal is accepting full manuscripts for Global Outreach and Engagement: Navigating the Tension Between Local Impacts and Global Responsibilities. Manuscripts are due by December 2, 2022. The issue is scheduled for publication in summer 2023.

Metropolitan Universities journal is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue, Global Outreach and Engagement: Navigating the Tension Between Local Impacts and Global Responsibilities. Numerous scholars have pointed to difficulty navigating the tension between local impacts and global responsibilities when engaging communities beyond our campuses (e.g. Burkhardt & Joslin, 2012; Cone & Harris, 2016; García & Longo, 2017; Hartman, Kiely, Boettcher, & Friedrichs, 2018; Hartman & Kiely, 2014; Hunter, White, & Godbey, 2006; Lasker, 2016; Schattle, 2005; Slimbach, 2010; and Sobania, 2015).

This challenge then pushes institutions to beg the question: to whom should we direct our attention and resources? Must we have a bifurcated approach or can local impacts translate to global responsibilities?

Much of the scholarship reflects large, well-funded institutions with robust outreach and engagement centers located in the West. In order to understand this tension and explore ways to address it, we need research that showcases the diversity of institutions. This special issue aims to contribute to the literature by including a diversity of institutions with a focus on those in the global south.

We seek submissions that take into account the impacts of COVID-19 and other global pandemics as well as the impact of conflict and rising upheaval. Focus areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Outcome measurement grounded in cultural context
  • Critically reflexive teaching and learning programs that cross geographic boundaries
  • Ethics in global partnerships
  • Learning abroad programs in a post-COVID environment and during
  • Community-engaged research in a global environment
  • Preparation of students, staff, faculty, and community members in the country of origin and in the partnering country
  • Methods for documenting and sharing process and outcomes in intercultural, cross-cultural, and transcultural environments
  • Technologies that foster communication
  • National and international policies
Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions of manuscripts by December 2, 2022. Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the MUJ Article Submission and Editorial Guidelines and should be no more than 7,000 words (exclusive of  tables, references, etc). Preference is given to those manuscripts that demonstrate innovation and impact and include perspectives across multiple institutions. Shorter submissions for this issue will be considered.

The journal seeks manuscripts that provide critical, evidence-based studies, including programs, policies, and application of ideas at an institutional or system level. Ideally, authors will examine efforts that have been in place long enough to show both positive and/or negative results as measured through data collection, research and/or evaluation processes. To allow readers to apply ideas and strategies in other settings, authors should provide a clear description of the challenges and lessons learned. Papers that offer descriptions of initiatives without research or evaluation elements will not be accepted.

Submit complete manuscripts following the MUJ Editorial and Submission Guidelines. Please direct any questions regarding this issue to:
  • Guiseppe Getto, associate professor of English, East Carolina University, at
  • Dennis McCunney, director of intercultural affairs, East Carolina University, at
  • Valerie Holton, editor, at