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Special Issue Call for Papers: Careers and Positive Psychology

  • 1.  Special Issue Call for Papers: Careers and Positive Psychology

    Posted 05-26-2023 20:10

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    Call for Papers to a Special Issue

    Careers and Positive Psychology

    Journal: Career Development International


    Guest Editors:

    Marie-Hélène Budworth, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

    Huda Masood, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA



    It has been 21 years since Seligman's (1998) call for a focus on "the science of positive subjective experience, positive individual traits, and positive institutions" (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000, p.5). This call has been heard within the careers literature as represented in research on work as a calling (Wrzesniewski, 2012), job crafting (Wrzesniewski & Dutton, 2001), and career counselling (Magyar-Moe, Owens, & Scheel, 2015). However, there is still room to expand our knowledge of careers using theories and frameworks from positive psychology. For instance, career is understood as a lifespan construct with several life stages such as early, mid-life, late, and post-retirement phases (Jiang et al., 2019). Nonetheless, the lifespan focus is seldom considered in theorization and empirical examination of career scholarship (Jiang et al., 2023). Similarly, there has been a call for research to study the temporal aspect of career proactivity (Jiang et al., 2023). Others have called for a focus on career experience rather than outcomes (Hall & Las Heras, 2013). Positive psychology helps us to understand the individual differences, environmental factors, and organizational practices that support a range of process-oriented experiences such as purpose, meaning, and fulfilment. This special issue has the potential to expand the perspectives used to study careers, it also promises implications for how organizations can support careers.

    Topic Areas

    Some of the themes that might be examined include, but are not limited to:

    · How can we use theories and concepts from positive psychology to support the multidisciplinary study of careers? 

    · How can we understand the factors that guide and shape career experience? 

    · How do positive relationships support the career development process? 

    · Can we use our existing theories from positive psychology to enrich our understanding of careers and career experiences (e.g., strengths, broaden and build, high quality connections)? 

    · How can organizations leverage knowledge from positive psychology to support the careers of their people? 

    · Can we use knowledge from positive psychology to support careers at various stages (e.g., emerging careers, continuous learning and master, and retirement)? 

    · How can positive psychology approaches support individuals from a diversity of socioeconomic and racialized backgrounds?

    Submission Information

    Submissions can be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please see the following link for guidelines: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cdevi

    Key Deadline


    The full call for papers can be found here: 

    Careers and Positive Psychology




    Hall, Douglas T., and Mireia Las Heras, ' Personal Growth Through Career Work: A Positive Approach to Careers', in Gretchen M. Spreitzer, and Kim S. Cameron (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Oxford Library of Psychology

    Jiang, Z., Newman, A., Le, H., Presbitero, A., & Zheng, C. (2019). Career exploration: A review and future research agenda. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 338–356.

    Jiang, Z., Wang, Y., Li, W., Peng, K. Z., & Wu, C. H. (2023). Career proactivity: A bibliometric literature review and a future research agenda. Applied Psychology72(1), 144-184.

    Magyar-Moe, J.L., Owens, R.L. & Scheel, M.J. (2015). Applications of positive psychology n counselling psychology: Current status and future directions. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 4, 494-507.

    Seligman, M. E. P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, 55, 5-14.

    Wrzesniewski, A. (2012). Callings. In K. S. Cameron & G. Spreitzer (Eds.), Handbook of positive organizational scholarship (pp. 45–55). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    Wrzesniewski, A., & Dutton, J. E. (2001). Crafting a job: Revisioning employees as active crafters of their work. Academy of management review26(2), 179-201.





    Huda Masood, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management

    College of Business Administration

    Sam Houston State University     

    Sam Huston Building 236 S

    Phone: 936- 294-1274

    E: hudamasood@shsu.edu