Call for Chapters | Pandemic Disruptions: A Call for Radical School Leadership Shift

The book is part of the Educational Innovations series and seeks contributions with novel ideas (new insights) which will advance school leadership epistemologies underpinned by creativity and innovation.


Dr Shuti Steph Khumalo , Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Management, University of South Africa, South Africa

Quality unpublished works as chapters are invited to the book. The chapters should strictly be according to the coverage scope of the book.


Hargreaves and Fullan (2020) posits that the pandemic crisis has created undeniable chaos and shook the fabric of education. As such, this pandemic crisis necessitates the reimagining of the future school administration, leadership and management. A cocktail mix of strategies and interventions are required going forward to ensure that the schooling system globally is not taken by surprise, like the case of Covid-19. Leadership in times of crisis is about dealing with events, emotions, and consequences in the immediate present in ways that minimise personal and organisational harm to the school and school community. (Smith Riley, (2012).

There have been predictions by scientists that there will be future pandemics globally and if this is anything to go by, the education system requires school leadership that is fireproof ready and forward-looking with an intention to navigate such unchartered territories safely. In a time of crisis, leaders must act swiftly and with foresight but also with careful consideration of options, consequences and side effects of actions taken’. (Alma Harris and Michael and Michele Jones., 2022). In doing so, school leadership is expected to be exceptional managers and excellent leaders in a time where the pace of change has increased exponentially (Pollok, 2020).

Education authorities and schools were caught napping. The crisis threw the schooling system into a mode of what could be termed fixing “the aeroplane whilst in flight”, meaning school leaders and education authorities had to think on their fit and try working leadership practices that could sustain the system after temporary disruptions through compulsory closures. This crisis forced a rethink of how schools should be led, administered, and managed. Based on the above assertions, this book is justified, and authors shall present chapters which suggest cutting edge leadership practices which will assist school leadership to navigate future disruptions and perennial challenges that the system might face.


  1. Harris, A., & Jones, M. (2020). COVID 19–school leadership in disruptive times. School Leadership & Management, 40(4), 243-247.
  2. Hargreaves, A., & Fullan, M. (2020). Professional capital after the pandemic: Revisiting and revising classic understandings of teachers’ work. Journal of Professional Capital and Community.
  3. Pollock, K. (2020). School leaders’ work during the COVID-19 pandemic: A two-pronged approach. International Studies in Educational Administration, 48(3), 38.
  4. Smith, L., & Riley, D. (2012). School leadership in times of crisis. School Leadership & Management, 32(1), 57-71.

This call for book chapters requires contributions with novel ideas (new insights) which will advance school leadership epistemologies underpinned by creativity and innovation. The call transcends and open to varied contexts (both advanced and the least advanced economies). The chapters could deploy varied methodologies and approaches including, theoretical, conceptual and empirical.

Possible and potential topics include, but not limited to (Both systematic literature reviews and empirical studies and conceptual arguments are welcomed).

Agile school leadership
Digital driven school leadership
Crisis school leadership
Contingency school leadership
Community based school leadership
Cocktail leadership approaches
Resilient school leadership
Caring and socially just approaches to school leadership
Servant school leadership
Crisis leadership
Anticipatory school leadership
Leading for adaptation
Building adaptive learning contexts


Chapter abstract submission: September 15, 2022
Full chapter submission: December 15, 2022
Book publication: March-April 2023


  1. The chapters need to be submitted via email to the Editorial Desk at [email protected]. The book’s name should be mentioned in the subject line while submitting chapter abstracts/full-texts.
  2. The abstracts/full texts will be shared with the volume editors and the authors will directly be contacted by one of the volume editors with an acceptance/rejection/amendment decision.
  3. There is no chapter submission/processing or publishing charge.
  4. A chapter should be APA styled and submitted in MS Docx format and must include authors’ affiliation details, failing which the chapters will not be considered for review. A chapter should ideally be of 8-32 pages [7,000 to 10,000 words including references] with Times New Roman Font Size 12 with single line spacing & page margins of 1″ (Top, Bottom, Left, Right).
  5. Unoriginal or previously published works will not be processed for review.
  6. All chapters need to have complete affiliation details.
  7. All chapters will be reviewed by chapter reviewers (peer-reviewers) before acceptance by the book editors. The chapters will be reviewed using a double peer review system.
  8. The editorial (editors’) decision of accepting or rejecting a chapter shall be final. The book editors have all the editorial freedoms pertaining to the content quality of the book, and the publisher doesn’t interfere in any editorial decision taken by the editors pertaining to the acceptance/rejection of any work for the book.
  9. The authors submitting chapters need to adhere to our policies on plagiarism, scholarly misconduct, and publication ethics. The copyright in respect of the accepted chapters will remain with the authors, with the publications’ rights being with the CSMFL Publications.
  10. The authors of the accepted & published chapters retain their right to use their work for scholarly and teaching purposes, subject to the conditions and limitations as described in Authors’ Rights for Content Reuse .


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