Emerging Dialogues Guidelines for Publication


The mission of Emerging Dialogues is to discuss the challenges that higher education professionals face today. It is intended to be a platform for original or responsive articles focused on student learning assessment that are relevant and thought-provoking while also being well-reasoned and supported by experience or research.

The goals of Emerging Dialogues are to provide:

  • readable and consumable articles focused on student learning assessment to share and to discuss;
  • concrete examples to assist our readers in their current practice; and
  • alternative channels of communication on topics in assessment including social media platforms.

We are seeking authors to write about current emerging themes (dialogues, if you will) in assessment. We encourage people to send us articles they have written, as well as formal responses to previously published pieces.


Guidelines for Publication:

  • Submissions should be of general appeal to those who are interested in student learning assessment in higher education.
  • Types of articles considered a fit for Emerging Dialogues include: Op-eds, Reflections, Personal Narratives.
  • Submissions can be submitted anytime throughout the year as there are no deadlines; articles are typically published during the academic year (August – May).
  • Our expectation is that submissions are under 1200 words, which aligns with our purpose to provide readable and consumable articles to share and discuss. Longer pieces may also be considered.
  • All submissions must have a clear message or theme and be well-organized.  Also, attention to grammar and punctuation appropriate for professional publication is expected, and APA style guidelines must be followed.
  • All articles submitted to Emerging Dialogues will undergo a committee review.


Additional Guidelines for Formal Responses to an Original Publication:

  • Formal responses follow the guidelines for publication above.
  • Responses need to address key points from the initial publication, providing an explicit dialogue between the pieces. Responses should identify the date and name of the published piece they are addressing.

To submit an article for consideration, please email the committee co-chairs Kristin Buscher at [email protected] and Mary Tkatchov at [email protected].

Committee Members:

Kristin Buscher (co-chair),  [email protected]   Mary Tkatchov (co-chair), [email protected]
Kathleen Gorski (Publications Committee chair), [email protected]   Christine Robinson, [email protected]
Sarah Harris, [email protected]   Sarah Southwick, [email protected]
Suzanne Horwitz, [email protected]   Jessica Taylor, [email protected]
Mark McCain, [email protected]   David Turbow, [email protected]
Erin Milne (board liaison), [email protected]