Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Call for Papers - Special Issue
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in IS Education

The Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE) invites submissions for a Special Issue titled “Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in IS Education” expected to be published in late 2021.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion in higher education are essential if we are to achieve fairness in society and balanced development. This special issue is interested in the intersections between issues such as gender, ethnicity, culture, (dis)ability, socioeconomic status, family lifecycle stage, and age, and how they relate to information systems education or the use of technology in education.

Submitted articles may be full research papers, systematic literature reviews, teaching cases, or practical teaching tips. Discursive opinion pieces are also welcome, with preference given to multi-authored contributions that include assenting and dissenting views. It is hoped that the selected papers will represent a broad and varied mix with several regions of the world represented.

For this special issue of JISE, we invite the submission of high-quality, innovative, and insightful articles. Topics of interest for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Barriers to and enablers of equality, diversity, and inclusion in IS education
  • Use of educational technologies to promote and facilitate equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Causes of under-representation of women or other groups in IS education (student population and/or academic population)
  • Challenges of globalization and internationalization for IS educators
  • Performance and attainment in IS education, e.g., gender differences, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students
  • Unconscious bias in IS teaching and assessment
  • How to engage IS students within diverse groups
  • How to avoid approaches that may inadvertently exclude some students
  • Gender issues in IS education, e.g., self-efficacy, stereotypes, values, roles, etc.
  • Understanding differences within learning approaches or problem-solving approaches
  • Understanding differences in classroom or online behavior, e.g., gender, ethnicity, age, culture, (dis)ability, etc.
  • Supporting students with learning disorders and other special needs, e.g., autism, dyscalculia
  • Supporting students who have caring responsibilities
  • Supporting economically disadvantaged students, elderly students, and adult learners
  • Development of inclusive learning spaces and environments
  • Implications for policy and practice in IS education

Submission Guidelines

Papers for this special issue are due on September 30, 2020 (extensions considered on a case by case basis). Prospective authors are welcome to submit an abstract to the Guest Editors for preliminary feedback on the appropriateness of their planned manuscript. Please send your submissions in Microsoft Word format by email to the corresponding Guest Editor: Michael Lang at with the subject "JISE Special Issue." Papers should not exceed 7,000 words including all sections, figures, tables, and references. All papers will be blind peer reviewed and are subject to editing for journal style, clarity, organization, and space.

Please refer to the JISE submission guidelines for additional information.

Guest Editors

  • Mark Freeman, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Gaye Kiely, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Lang, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Amy Woszczynski, Kennesaw State University, USA


  • Abstract proposals (optional): Any time
  • Initial submissions due: September 30, 2020
  • Notification to authors: December 15, 2020
  • Revised papers due: March 15, 2021
  • Final decision: April 15, 2021
  • Publication of the issue: late 2021