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College Student Affairs Journal Editorial Board
Brian Bourke
Murray State University

Michelle Boettcher
Clemson University

Dena Kniess
University of West Georgia

Mary Alice Varga
University of West Georgia

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Jesse C. Sawyer


Editorial Board

Danielle Alsandor                  Louisiana State University

Roxanne DuVivier
Wright State University

Kimberly Lowry       Dallas County Community College District

Kristin Walker-Donnelly
Clemson University
James Archibald
Valdosta State University
Bruce Foster
Central Georgia Technical College
Kay Maurin
Southeastern Louisiana University
Laura Waltrip
University of Florida
Sonja Ardoin
Boston University
Lloren Foster
University of Florida
Steven McCullar
St. Cloud State University
Shauna Nefos Webb
Milligan College
Holly Asimou
Ohio State University
Kara Fresk
University of Georgia
Ryan Miller
University of Texas
Kerry Welch
University of Central Florida
Jeremy Baham
Mississippi State University
Jason Garvey
University of Alabama 

Don Mills
Texas Christian University

Andrew Wells
University of Georgia
Kirsten Brown
University of Wisconsin
Aris Hall
Clemson University

Jonathan O'Brien
California State University - Long  Beach

Michael Steven Williams
Baruch College, City  University of New York
Lisa Byard
Florida Atlantic University
Cliff Haynes
University of Florida
Darrell Ray
Louisiana State University
Kristin Wilson
Western Kentucky University

Joelle Davis Carter   Arkansas Tech University

Adriel Hilton
Grambling State University

Phillip Riordan
Lynn University
Ah Ra Cho
University of North Texas

Jonathan Hyde
Louisiana State University

Darby Roberts
Texas A&M University
Rene Couture
Arkansas Tech University
Jessica Jewell
Kent State University

David Robinson-Morris
Louisiana State University

Megan Covington
Western Carolina University

Ralph Johnson
Washington Adventist University

Venice Sule
Oakland University
Bonnie Daniel
University of Tennessee, Martin
Erin Vaughn Jones
Jackson State University

Colette Taylor
Seatlle University

Diane Dean
Illinois State University
Jeff Kenney
Clemson University

Matt Varga
University of West Georgia 

Laura Dean
University of Georgia

Ethan Kolek
Central Michigan University

Danielle Vitale
University of Georgia
Linda DeAngelo
University of Pittsburgh
Jeannine Kranzow
Azusa Pacific University
Rachel Wagner
Iowa 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.

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.

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 a good 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 Sixth 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.


Book Reviews:

Book reviews are not currently considered for publication in the College Student Affairs Journal. Should the Editors choose to accept submissions of book reviews, an announcement will be made on this website, as well as the website for the Southern Association of College Student Affairs.


Editorial Correspondence:

Direct all inquiries to:

Brian Bourke, College Student Affairs Journal Editor 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.