2023/24 Special Issue: The graduate employability practitioner: What works to develop career, teaching capability and organisational capacity?


We welcome contributions from academics, including sessional academics, professional staff and industry partners. Submissions may explore the following topics:

  • The experience of the graduate employability practitioner, including sessional and professional staff, academics new to graduate employability and professional practitioners new to academia.
  • How institutions build teaching capability for and/or recognise graduate employability practice, including formal programs and/or processes.
  • Experiences and/or challenges of building a teaching and learning career in graduate employability.
  • How peer-supported teaching practices such as communities of practice, peer reflection and peer observation and review support the development of graduate employability practice and professional identity.
  • Other topics relevant to the theme.

We are keen to showcase a range of voices and experiences and invite:

  • Scholarly papers (up to 8,000 words), which may include:
    • Research-based evaluations of innovations, practices and programs
    • Investigations of the literature in the field, including reviews, and conceptual or theoretical approaches
    • Scholarly case study of innovation or practice
  • Practitioner reflections (up to 2,000 words), which may include:
    • Engagement with the ideas, practice and concerns of practitioners
    • Creative responses including visual artefacts
    • Constructive criticism of conceptual, philosophical, theoretical or professional issues
  • Provocations (up to 1,000 words), which may include:
    • Commentary that provokes new thinking
    • Ideas for new ways to engage with the issue
    • Fresh perspectives from students and industry

All submissions should align with JTLGE guidelines. Please refer to https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/jtlge/about/submissions


Proposal Feedback

If you would like to receive feedback on your proposed submission, please submit a 500-word (max) abstract by Monday, 6 November 2023, 5pm AEDT, to lauren.hansen@deakin.edu.au

Important dates

  • Abstracts (optional): 6 November 2023
  • Feedback on abstract: mid-December 2023
  • Full manuscript submission: 19 February 2024. Please email full manuscript submissions to Dr Lauren Hansen: lauren.hansen@deakin.edu.au
  • Notification of outcome: 26 April 2024
  • Publication date: September 2024


For more information, please email lauren.hansen@deakin.edu.au



Healy, M., Brown, J. L., & Ho, C. (2021). Graduate employability as a professional proto-jurisdiction in higher education. Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00733-4

Hollweck, T., Netolicky, D.M. and Campbell, P. (2022). Defining and exploring pracademia: identity, community, and engagement, Journal of Professional Capital and Community, 7(1), 6-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-05-2021-0026

Roberts, J. (2018). Professional Staff Contributions to Student Retention and Success in Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 40(2), 140–153. https://doi.org/http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cjhe20

Sin, C., Tavares, O., & Amaral, A. (2019). Accepting employability as a purpose of higher education? Academics' perceptions and practices. Studies in Higher Education, 44(6), 920–931. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1402174

Veles, N., & Carter, M.-A. (2016). Imagining a future : changing the landscape for third space professionals in Australian higher education institutions. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 38(5). https://doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2016.1196938

Ylijoki, O.-H., & Henriksson, L. (2017). Tribal, Proletarian and Entrepreneurial Career Stories: Junior Academics as a Case in point. Studies in Higher Education 42 (7), 1292–308. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1092129