SECEIJ Call for Submissions: Teaching Through COVID-19

A call for submissions to the Summer 2020 issue of

Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal

Teaching Through COVID


The COVID-19 pandemic has created a simultaneous crisis in health, society, and education. The SENCER community—with its focus on scientific understanding, civic engagement, and innovative pedagogy—is uniquely equipped to respond to our current challenges. The SENCER project arose in response to another infectious disease, HIV/AIDS, with the realization that our approach to teaching science needed to change when knowledge mattered so much.

For this reason, we are inviting you to submit a reflection of your experiences of Teaching through COVID.  

We are using the word “through” in two contexts. The first meaning reflects SENCER’s goal of teaching “through” a civic issue to the underlying scientific principles. You may be using the coronavirus as a case study to teach about virology, genetics, infectious diseases, healthcare disparities, or how to critically evaluate information from the news media. In addition, we are all living “through” a pandemic that has closed our colleges, moved our instruction online, disrupted our research, and separated us from our colleagues. Let us also not forget all those individuals who have become ill or died from the virus in a pattern that highlights the inequities in our society.

Journalism is sometimes described as the “first rough draft of history.” As members of the SENCER community, we have an opportunity to document the “first rough draft” of our educational, personal, and civic response to COVID. Please join us in writing this story.


Matt Fisher

Trace Jordan


Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal


Teaching Through COVID: Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions of 1,000 words that describe your experiences with teaching through COVID. Possible topics include:

  • Changes that you made to course content
  • Adapting your teaching to online instruction
  • Student reactions to learning science during a pandemic
  • How your connection with SENCER has influenced your response to COVID

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2020. Please send your submission to the journal’s Managing Editor, Marcy Dubroff, at

Because these submissions are informal reflections, they will not be peer-reviewed. The journal editors may suggest edits for clarity or length. Authors will have the opportunity to review and approve a final version before publication.


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