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Journal of College and Character

Journal of College and Character

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Journal of College and Character is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities influence the moral and civic learning and behavior of students. Published quarterly, the journal features scholarly articles and applied research on issues related to ethics, values, and character development in a higher education setting.

Issues Per Year
4 issues per year

About JCC

Aims and Scope

Journal of College and Character is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities influence the moral and civic learning and behavior of students. The journal publishes scholarly articles and applied research on issues related to ethics, values, and character development in a higher education setting.

Published quarterly, the journal encourages the submission of manuscripts from around the world and from a wide range of academic and professional fields, including higher education, student affairs, psychology, religion, sociology, business, social work, philosophy, law, and education.

The journal audience includes faculty, administrators, graduate students, and practitioners in student services and campus ministry, as well as others engaged in research and practice in moral education in colleges and universities.


JCC Areas of Interest

Journal of College and Character publishes the following types of articles (open submission)

  • Peer Reviewed 
  • Opinions & Perspectives

The journal also publishes these regular columns (invited only)

  • Civic Engagement on Campus
  • College Student Development Outside the US
  • Cultural Cross Currents on Campus
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Ethical Issues on Campus
  • Interfaith Cooperation
  • Invited Featured Article
  • Preparing Students for Careers & Callings
  • Student Engagement With Spiritual & Secular Worldviews
  • What They're Reading

Read the Current JCC

Journal of College and Character is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities impact the moral and civic engagement of students. Read the current issue.

JCC Submission Guidelines

The Journal of College and Character considers manuscripts of these two types of articles:  Peer Reviewed Articles; and Opinions and Perspectives.  Read more to see how to prepare your manuscript..

Submit a Manuscript

Submit a manuscript to the Journal of College + Character. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Submit a Manuscript


JCC Editors

JCC Editorial Board

William H. Arnold, Alma College
Michelle L. Boettcher, Clemson University
Christopher Broadhurst, University of New Orleans
Patience D. Bryant, California State University Long Beach
Dan Sarofian-Butin, Merrimack College
Sara Connolly, University of Bridgeport
Elizabeth Connor, The Citadel
Andrew Courtner, Lincoln Memorial University
Christy Moran Craft, Kansas State University
Rebecca E. Crandall, Ohio State University
Claudia F. Curry, Community College of Philadelphia
Marylee Demeter, Rutgers University
Pitt Derryberry, Western Kentucky University
Tonya M. Driver, Texas A&M University
Sean Gehrke, University of Washington
Perry L. Glanzer, Baylor University
Corday Thomas Goddard, St. Norbert College
Jacob R. Grohs, Virginia Tech
Eric Grospitch, Washburn University
Kathy L. Guthrie, The Florida State University
Laura M. Harrison, Ohio University
April Herring, Carroll Community College
Tori A. Holmes, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Jonathon M. Hyde, Appalachian State University
Joshua Moon Johnson, American River College
John Klatt, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dena R. Kniess, University of West Georgia
John Kolligian, Princeton University
Lynda Tierney Konecny, A.T. Still University
Forrest C. Lane, Sam Houston State University
Phyllis McCluskey-Titus, Illinois State University
Donna J. Menke, University of Memphis
Leslie Sadler Meyerhoff, Cornell University
Demetri Morgan, Loyola University Chicago
Jonathan J. O'Brien, California State University, Long Beach
Jennifer E. Pope, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Judith McGuire Robinson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alyssa N. Rockenbach, North Carolina State University
Joanne Rojas, University of Kentucky
Larry D. Roper, Oregon State University
Pietro Sasso, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Douglas N. Searcy, Barton College
Gabriel Ramón Serna, Virginia Tech
Timothy C. Shiell, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Scott Silverman, California Lutheran University
Audrey Sorrells, University of Texas at Austin
Adam Burke Sterritt, University of Alabama
Eric Swank, Arizona State University
Ashley Tull, Southern Methodist University
Thomas A. Walker, Wayne Community College
Elizabeth Wallace, Tarleton State University
Kelly Ward, Washington State University
Diane M. Waryold, Appalachian State University
Rich Whitney, University of La Verne
Jermaine F. Williams, Nassau Community College
John Zacker, University of Maryland

JCC Connexions Latest Issue



Welcome to the JCC Connexions Blog! Discover more about the people behind the Journal of College and Character in JCC Connexions. 

The purpose of Connexions is to make spaces for readers, authors, and editors to meet at the many intersections of programs, practices, and research. People are at the heart of the Connexions approach.

Inside This Issue. . .

November 2020

Why Should College Educators Intrude Into the Private Domain (Peer Culture) of Students’ Lives? Critical Conversations #23

Kristen A. Renn, Michigan State University

In "The Influence of Peer Culture on Identity Development in College Students" (Journal of College & Character, vol. 21, no. 4, November 2020), this quarter's JCC Focus Author Kristen A. Renn from Michigan State University examines peer culture as an enduring influence on college student values, beliefs, and behaviors. She argues that while educators may not be able to change peer culture and its influences, they can understand how to engage with formal and informal peer cultures to facilitate positive outcomes while minimizing negative ones. Read more.

Five Questions Relating to Moral Development: JCC, Nov. 2020

Pamela C. Crosby, Co-Editor, Journal of College and Character

Here are some important questions that relate to moral developnment that are explored in articles in the November 2020 issue (vol. 21, no. 4) of the Journal of College and Character. Read more.

New Spaces & Roles for Student Affairs Educators

Lisa Kaler, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Michael J. Stebleton, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Much has been written about student activism, which has played a central role in social justice movements in the U.S. since the Civil Rights Movement. Students will likely continue to engage in activism, and as the political climate in the U.S. grows more hostile, student affairs educators must continue supporting students and themselves advocating for social justice. These dynamics continue to be complicated by the pandemic, where social distancing requirements prohibit large gatherings and many of the in-person interactions that previously facilitated relationships between practitioners and student activists. Read more.

Engaging Civic Religious Pluralism

Becca Hartman-Pickerill, Interfaith Youth Core

Is it necessary to state that respect for other’s worldview identities is foundational to building civic religious pluralism on campus and beyond? Public discourse and contemporary culture would answer, "Yes!" One might guess that given the diversity of the U.S. and the fact that religious freedom is written into the Constitution, Americans must be expert at this first part of pluralism, but opinion polls, social science research, and the nightly news reveal the gaps in this fundamental area of American life.  Read more.

Critical Religious Studies in Higher Education

Jenny L. Small, Convergence

Critical Religious Pluralism Theory was designed with a twofold purpose: “acknowledging the central roles of religious privilege, oppression, hegemony, and marginalization in maintaining inequality between Christians and non-Christians in the United States” and “developing a plan of action for utilizing the theory to combat the very inequalities it exposes” (Small, 2020, p. 61). Read more

Fostering Moral Development

Alan Acosta, Clark University

 If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught higher education professionals anything, it has certainly provided lots of lessons about managing various forms of transition. In the Spring 2020 academic term, most institutions had to pivot from the traditional in-person educational experience to a 100% remote learning model. In the academic terms to follow, continuing to the time of this writing, most institutions are navigating the numerous unexpected challenges the pandemic has presented.  Read more.

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