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College Student Affairs Journal Editorial Board

Michelle Boettcher
Clemson University 

Dena Kniess
University of West Georgia


Mary Alice Varga 
University of West Georgia

Sarah Jones
University of West Georgia

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Jesse C. Sawyer


Editorial Board

Taryn Allen, Texas Christian University
Danielle Alsandor, Louisiana State University
Lamesha Andrews, University of Georgia
Eric Archer, Western Michigan
James Achibald, Valdosta State University
Sonja Ardoin, Appalachian State University
Jeremy Baham, Mississippi State University
Michael Benitez, Metropolitan State University - Denver
J. Patrick Biddix, University of Tennessee
Brian Bourke, Murray State
Ryan Bronkema, University of West Georgia
Kirsten Brown, Edgewood College
Craig Chatriand, Whitworth University
Ah Ra Cho, University of Arizona
Jackie Clark, St. Martin's University
Rene Couture, Arkansas Tech
Megan Covington, Western Carolina University
Bonnie Daniel, University of Tennessee - Martin
Diane Dean, Illinois State University
Gavin DeHay, Tri County Community College
Jeff Doyle, Baylor University
Carolyn Duven, Gwinnette Tech
Roxanne DuVivier, Wright State University
Kurt Earnest, Iowa State University
Cherese Fine, Clemson University
Mickey Fitch, Univ of Wisconsin, Superior
Amy Fitzjarrald, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Bruce Foster, Central Georgia Technical College
Kara Fresk, University of Georgia
Crystal Garcia, Auburn University
Sarah Gordon, Arkansas Tech
Jennifer Graham, Georgia State University
Matt Gregory, Texas Tech University
Aris Hall, Clemson University
Cliff Haynes, University of Florida
Richard Herdlein, SUNY Buffalo
Adriel Hilton, Grambling State University
Jessi Hitchins, University of Nebraska
Anne Hornak, Central Michigan University
Jihee Hwang, University of Oklahoma
Jessica Jewell, Kent State University
Tommy Jackson, University of West Georgia
Jeff Kenney, Clemson University
Ethan Kolek, Central Michigan University
Jeannine Kranzow, Asuza Pacific University
Andrew Kretz, California Community Colleges
Leslie Lewis, Clemson University
Carmen McCallum, Eastern Michigan University
Jennifer McManus, University of West Georgia
Darris Means, University of Georgia
Ryan Miller, University of Texas
Danielle Molina, Mississippi State University
Shauna Nefos Webb, Milligan College
Cassidy Nelson, University of West Georgia
Ling Ning, University of California Davis
Chelsea O'Brien, Genesee Community College
Jonathan O’Brien, California State University – Long Beach
Ceceilia Parnther, St. John's University
Edlyn Pena, Cal Lutheran
Shelly Price-Williams, Southern Illinois University
Darrell Ray, Louisiana State University
Phillip Riordan, Lynn University
Darby Roberts, Texas A&M University
Agassy Rodriguez, Clemson University
Sarah Schoper, Western Illinois
Matthew Shupp, Shippensberg University of Pennsylvania
Matthew Smith, University of Georgia
Travis Smith, Clemson University
Shanna Smith, University of West Georgia
Elisabeth Spratto, James Madison University
T.J. Stewart, Iowa State University
Venice Sule, Oakland University
Colette Taylor, Seattle University
Leonard Taylor, Mississippi State University
Matt Varga, University of West Georgia
Danielle Vitale, University of Georgia
Rachel Wagner, Iowa State University
Kristen Walker-Donnelly, Clemson University
Jason Wallace, University of Georgia
Shauna Nefos Webb, Milligan College
Andrew Wells, University of West Georgia
Brittany Williams, St. Cloud State University
Michael Steven Williams, Baruch College - City University of New York
Jamie Workman Valdosta State University

 Guidelines for Manuscript Authors


The College Student Affairs Journal publishes articles related to research, concepts, and practices that have implications for both practitioners and scholars in college student affairs work.

Types of Manuscripts Accepted:

As a national peer reviewed professional journal, The College Student Affairs Journal primarily seeks manuscripts which report original qualitative or quantitative research regarding topics of interest to student affairs practitioners, graduate students and faculty. In addition, however, general articles may include research reports, updates on professional issues, examinations of legal and policy issues, dialogues and debates, historical articles, literature reviews, opinion pieces, or projections of future trends.

Graduate Student Scholarship (GSS)

Graduate students (all listed authors must be graduate students at time of submission) are encouraged to submit their scholarly efforts. While a class paper is agood place to start, adjustments should be made to reflect the general structure of articles published in CSAJ. GSS submissions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words including abstract, tables, figures, and references. Authors should be very clear in making a connection between their work and practice in student affairs. When submitting a GSS manuscript, include [GSS] at the beginning of the title.

Publication Schedule:

Twice yearly, fall and spring.




Current Index to Journals in Education and Higher Education Abstracts.

Concurrent Submissions to Other Publications:

Not accepted.

Style Guide:

Manuscripts should follow the style of the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Authors should particularly note this manual's recommendation to use active voice and first person narration. All copy should be typed, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font with notes, references, tables, and figures appearing at the end of the manuscript per APA style.

Recommended Length:

Manuscripts submitted for the Articles section generally range between 4,000 and 7,000 words including abstract, tables, figures, and references.

Figures and Graphs:

Supply camera-ready art.

Manuscript Submission:

Authors should prepare their manuscript with all information identifying the author should removed to allow for peer reviewing of anonymous manuscripts. All manuscripts are to be submitted online at

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Review Process:

All submissions are refereed using a blind review system. Evaluative criteria include significance of topic, clarity of presentation, style of writing, usefulness to practitioners and/or importance for scholarship, contribution to the student affairs profession, and quality of methodology or program. Notification of acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts will be made by the editor. All manuscripts received and approved for publication become the property of the association. All others will be returned on request. The editor reserves the right to edit or rewrite accepted articles to meet the Journal’s standards.

Revise and Resubmit:

When you revise your manuscript please highlight the changes you make in the manuscript by using the track changes mode in MS Word. Please DO NOT simply bold or highlight your revisions. You will need to upload two versions of your revised article following the same procedure as for submitting your initial version:

1. A version with track changes visible should be resubmitted and titled "track changes."

2. A "clean” version should be resubmitted and titled "manuscript for review purposes.”

Please ensure that both versions are entirely anonymous.

Additionally, please submit a file named "Author’s Response to Decision” to detail the changes you have made and in response to which reviewer comments. Please do not identify yourself (and your co-authors if applicable). The text entered here is potentially sent to reviewers and the author/s must be anonymous.

MEDIA Reviews:

We are now accepting book reviews, as well as reviews of other forms of media, to be considered for publication in the College Student Affairs Journal.  Review submissions should be between 750-1500 words. Authors should be very clear in making a connection between the reviewed work and practice in student affairs.  When submitting a media review, include [media review] at the beginning of the title.

Editorial Correspondence:

Direct all inquiries to:

Michelle Boettcher and Dena Kniess, College Student Affairs Journal Editors at


Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)

Contact Us

Ph: (912) 344-2510
Fax: (912) 344-3468

Our Mission
The mission of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs is to advance:
  • Opportunities for professional development;
  • Scholarship, research, and ethical practice; and
  • Understanding of issues impacting students and the student affairs profession, while fostering our core values of inclusiveness, professionalism, and collegiality.