Call for Proposals

It’s been twenty years since the Journal of Leadership Education hit the press for the first time. In its inaugural issue Volume 1, Issue 1 (2002), Dr. Katey Walker (2002) reflected on the history of the Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) and the creation of the Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE). She proffered that ALE is illustrative of Margaret Mead’s frequently cited quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” She closed her musings with “leadership is a journey, not a destination” (p. 24).

Twenty-one volumes and 60 issues of JOLE later, where has the journey led leadership educators? And what does the future journey for leadership educators looks like? In celebration of JOLE’s 20th anniversary, the Editor and Editorial Advisory Board invite you to reflect on those questions and submit your thoughts about the changes behind us and the challenges ahead for leadership educators for consideration for publication in JOLE’s 20th Anniversary Special Issue!

We are seeking manuscripts that may include but are not limited to changes in the last 20 years in regard to:

  • teaching advancements
  • research innovations
  • new applications grounded in leadership theory
  • shifts in pedagogy and andragogy
  • learning technologies
  • leadership and its relationship to justice and equity

We are also interested in forward thinking strategies for this special issue.

What is on the horizon that will impact leadership education in the next 20 years?

Articles that reflect on how JOLE scholarship has affected the teaching, research, or professional practice are of particular interest. Please avoid an overly-long or historical summary of JOLE; instead focus on the outcome of JOLE’s body of work on your personal practice. How did what was written in JOLE then, impact you now?

The Journal of Leadership Education is committed to promoting policies, practices, editorial activities, and published content that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the discipline of leadership education. We are committed to cultivating an academic community that is not limited by race, ethnicity, veteran status, marital status, socioeconomic level, national origin, religious belief, ability, sexual orientation, age, class, political ideology, or gender identity and expression” (JOLE, 2021, para. 1).

We welcome a diverse array of submissions, authors, and reviewers!

Authors should clearly communicate on their cover page that their submission is for the 20th Anniversary Special Issue.

For additional author guidelines please visit

Deadline: June 1, 2022


JOLE (2021). Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. Retreived from:

Walker, K. (2002). Reflections on the history and development of ALE and JOLE. Journal of Leadership Education. Vol. 1(1), pp. 11-24.