In six months, almost one million people around the world have died from COVID-19, vastly changing the landscape of daily life. From social distancing to masks to online schooling, life as we know it is immensely different. For the publicly engaged scholar, this has meant rethinking the ways we conduct research, engage with community, and teach our students.

In their new edited volume, Scholars in COVID Times, editors Melissa Castillo Planas and Debra Castillo mean to document these new forms of scholarship, service, and teaching in an era of contestation and crisis in order to establish novel ways of thinking about what it means to be a publicly engaged scholar in the era of COVID. Of particular interest is how scholars have adapted strategies to stay engaged in local/national/international communities as core aspects of research and teaching. This volume will be the first in Cornell University's new Publicly Engaged Scholars book series.

Please send one paragraph proposals, and refer any questions, to: Melissa Castillo Planas ( and Debra Castillo (

Proposal deadline: October 15, 2020

Full manuscripts deadline: June 1, 2021