Chief Editors

Jon C. Dalton, EdD ([email protected]), professor emeritus of higher education at Florida State University, founded the Journal of College and Character in 2000.  He is also founder of the Dalton Institute on College Student Values. He served as vice president for student affairs at Florida State from 1989 to 1999. He was a  2010 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award  and The John L. Blackburn Distinguished Pillar Award at NASPA, served as its president in 1994, and was recognized as a Senior Scholar by ACPA. His research interests are in college student development, moral and civic education, organization and management of student-affairs services, ethics in higher-education leadership, and international educational exchange.

Pamela C. Crosby
, PhD (p[email protected]) is a National Milken Family Foundation Award Educator; former vice president on the Board of Directors of the Institute of American Religious and Philosophical Thought; Florida State University Profiles of Service Award recipient; Colorado Teacher of the Year finalist; Poudre School District Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award recipient; and past associate editor of the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy. Her research interests include character education of college students, adult religious education, and religious pluralism, and she has authored published articles and book chapters on these topics. She earned her PhD from FSU in philosophy of education and has master's degrees in English education and philosophy.  She has served as an editor of the Journal of College and Character since 2004.  

Senior Associate Editor

Peter Mather, PhD ([email protected]) serves as professor of higher education and student affairs at Ohio University. He has worked as a student affairs administrator at Emory University and Duke University. He also served as director of admissions at Harlaxton College in the UK and as director of educational programs at The Carter Center. His research topics include service-learning, student identity development, student affairs administrative practice, and the application of positive psychology to student affairs work. Mather recently co-edited a New Directions for Student Services sourcebook on positive psychology and appreciative inquiry.

Associate Editors

Matthew Johnson, PhD ([email protected]) is an associate professor of educational leadership at Central Michigan University. His research interests center on leadership, civic engagement, and diversity among college students. He received a Ph.D. in college student personnel from the University of Maryland with a focus on leadership and civic engagement in a multicultural context. He is a partner with the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership and also serves on the editorial board for Oracle: The Research Journal for Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, and an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of College Student Development.

Tiffani Riggers-Piehl, PhD ([email protected])  is an assistant professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations  at the University of Missoui Kansas City.  Her research interests include spirituality and religion in higher education; student-faculty interactions; pedagogy and student success; issues in S.T.E.M; and gender in college. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA, where she studied college student spirituality and student-faculty interactions. Tiffani’s writing has been featured in the Teacher’s College Record, Research in Higher Education, and Religion and Education, among other journals. Her professional passions include teaching and training, investigating the college student experience, assessment in higher education, and creating a collegial academic community.

Jenny L. Small, PhD (
[email protected]) was most recently the research coordinator at the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College. Her research has focused on the spiritual lives of religiously diverse college students and how students use language to define their identities. Her first book, Understanding College Students’ Spiritual Identities: Varied Faiths, Different Worldviews, is available from Hampton Press. She has published in Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, About Campus, and Religion & Education. She currently serves as chair of the ACPA Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Meaning.

Associate Editor for Social Media

Janett I. Cordovés  ([email protected]) Prior to joining Interfaith Youth Core, as the co-curricular partnerships manager, Janett worked in various capacities within student support services and academic affairs. She has worked and partnered with Semester at Sea, Illinois Mathematics, and Science Academy, Northwestern University, Barnard College/Columbia University, Boston College, and Montclair State University. Her most recent post was at Northeastern Illinois University where she focused on enrollment, orientation and parent outreach efforts. Janett serves as the communications chair for NASPA’s Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community.  Most recently she served as an executive committee member for NASPA's Inaugural Convergence on Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Identities conference and presented a research poster on #DigitalFaith spaces. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in ethical leadership at Olivet Nazarene University, where she is focusing on first-generation college students' spirituality and the relationship between their level of grit, equanimity, and spiritual qualities.