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Hi colleagues,

This is to remind you that the deadline for the following special issue is approaching.

On behalf of the Europe-based International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD), we invite manuscripts for its special issue on Academia-Industry Partnerships in User Experience.

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Call for papers (special): International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD)

Special issue on: Academia-industry partnerships in User Experience

Guest Editor

Quan Zhou (Metropolitan State University, USA)


User experience (UX) has become a significant and rapidly evolving community of practice. Corporations and organizations have embraced UX as a philosophy and methodology to stay competitive in the marketplace. The field of UX encompasses many branches including design thinking, information architecture, UX strategy, and content strategy. Its transdisciplinary nature can be demonstrated by its close relationships with human factors, psychology, marketing, business analysis, and the liberal arts. Meanwhile, UX education in the academia is nascent and varied in its curricula and pedagogy. As a workplace-centered discipline, forging close partnerships between the academia and industry is crucial for designing excellent education programs in UX.


The objectives of this special issue are to introduce innovative models of academia-industry partnerships in user experience, new approaches in UX pedagogy, and creative designs of UX programs and curricula. Industry leaders and practitioners are actively in search of talent in UX. Universities must create flexible UX education that is firmly grounded on theory and responds to cutting-edge trends in the industry.

Recommended Topics

*       New models for building academia-industry partnerships

*       Varied designs of UX undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, training courses, etc.

*       New ways of mentorships and apprenticeships in UX

*       Innovative industry-driven pedagogical approaches to UX

*       New techniques for infusing theoretical and practical aspects of UX

*       New ways of blending transdisciplinary knowledge

*       Challenges in building academia-industry partnerships

*       Challenges in advocating for, designing, and operating UX education programs

Submission Procedure

Researchers, practitioners, and students are invited to submit proposals for this special theme issue on Academia-Industry Partnerships in User Experience. The following is the timeline.

Abstracts due: May 15

Full papers due for peer review:  July 15

Peer Reviews sent back: September 15

Final Revisions due: October 15

All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal's guidelines for manuscript submissions at  All submitted papers will be reviewed no a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Quan Zhou (Metropolitan State University, USA)

Guest Editor

International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development

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Whiteside, A. L. (2003). The skills that technical communicators need: An investigation of technical communication graduates, managers, and curricula. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 33(4), 303-318. doi:10.2190/3164-E4V0-BF7D-TDVA

Quan Zhou ("Chwen")
Associate Professor of Technical Communication
Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Design of User Experience (DUeX)

School of Communication, Writing, and the Arts
Metropolitan State University
1380 Energy Lane Suite 205-I
St. Paul, MN 55108

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