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
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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..
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JCC Editorial Board
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. . .
How Can We Determine What Is Essential in Student Affairs Services and Programs?
In “Making the Invisible, Visible: The Enduring Essence of Student Affairs” (Journal of College & Character, vol. 20, no. 4, November 2019) this quarter's JCC Focus Author Simone Himbeault Taylor, University of Michigan, explores the essence of student affairs and its enduring nature. She argues that while the vehicles for delivering the work of student affairs may evolve over time, the essential work is well-defined, principled, and lasting. She responded to the following questions posed by JCC co-editor Jon Dalton. Read more
New Spaces & Roles for Student Affairs Educators
Building a Community of Care: Mental Health is Everyone’s Business
Mental health represents one of the most pressing issues facing higher education. Indeed, college student mental health has been a critical issue for higher education for over Unfortunately, despite over a decade of clarion calls about the need to address this challenge, students continue to experience mental health challenges and mental illness at increasingly high rates—and of increasing severity. The mental health epidemic remains a serious problem—and students, faculty, staff, and administrators are still overwhelmed. Read more.
Inside, Outside, and In Between
Culture Is Like...an Elephant?
Recognizing that we will probably never be able to dispense with stereotypes entirely can help us navigate the inevitable pitfalls that we encounter in our increasingly diverse societies. For example, acquiring some generalized customs and etiquette that distinguish a particular culture may be helpful to outsiders, as these generalizations provide a framework of initial expectations that can help build rapport, show respect, and reduce the uncertainty associated with intercultural communication. Read more.
Fostering Moral Development
The Ecology of Magic: Designing Campus Environments
Campus ecologies, like WDW, can be strategically constructed to make students feel the experience they want. Institutions must be mindful of all the details of the student experience and how it is crafted to support the specific experience they want. Studies by higher education scholars outline the elements essential to understanding how to create an effective campus ecology. Read more.
From Our Associate Editor
Interfaith Leadership: A Commitment to Religious Pluralism and Diverse Worldviews
Building mutually inspiring relationships across lines of religious difference has a significant impact on our lives, including when we occupy civic spaces such as educational and governmental institutions. Engaging across lines of difference helps minimize prejudice, increase understanding, create social cohesion, as well as build a binding public narrative that can hold us together when there is fear and confusion.. Read more.
JCC 20th Anniversary Collection
In celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the Journal of College and Character, the editors have assembled a special collection of articles focusing on topics pertaining to the moral and civic education of college students. These articles—authored by a diversity of scholars and practitioners—were chosen from issues published over the past 20 years. The articles provide historical perspectives on character development issues in higher education over the past two decades as well as a sample of some of the best and most popular JCC articles on the topic of character development. This special collection is a supplement to the 20-year anniversary issue, which will be published in February 2020.
JCC Special 20th Anniversary Issue
JCC celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special issue published in February 2020, featuring articles by Alyssa N. Rockenbach, Marcia B. Baxter Magolda, Anne Colby, Michael Cuyjet, Larry Roper, Eboo Patel (with co-author, Benjamin P. Correia-Harker), and Richard Keeling.The development of character has been central to the work of student affairs since its beginnings in American higher education, and character development has been a central tenet of holistic student development. This introduction to the Journal of College and Character’s special 20th anniversary issue underscores the journal’s commitment to character development and provides brief summaries of the articles by senior scholars and leaders in the field included in the issue.
JCC Editors Welcome Barbara Jacoby as Civic Engagement on Campus Contributing Editor
Barbara Jacoby, JCC’s new Civic engagement on Campus contributing editor writes that while literature on civic engagement in higher education is rich with examples of courses and programs that promote the development of students as engaged citizens in our democracy, few of them involve the arts. In her article, Barbara explores the civic benefits of engagement with the arts and provides modes and examples of arts engagement while offering implications for practice and resources. Read more.
JCC Editors Welcome Birgit Schreiber as Student Development Outside the US Contributing Editor
JCC editors are pleased to introduce a new journal section that addresses issues relating to student development in higher education institutions outside the United States. This section examines how colleges and universities throughout the globe influence the moral and civic character and behaviors of students. As contributing editor of this new column, Birgit Schreiber will author articles, and she will also invite leaders in the field to contribute to this important section. Read more.