Now more than ever, those acting to deconstruct these oppressive systems rely on critical and new perspectives, new insight, community-based solutions, creative opportunities, and complex ways of thinking about the future of education. This journal aims to be a venue where this knowledge is shared. As such, the journal is unique in itself, and even furthermore is the only one seeking to interrogate higher education and student affairs solely through the utilization of critical social theories, perspectives, and frameworks. The journal process and content works to deconstruct systems of power within the publishing world and academia. Through open-access copyrights and open-review processes, we seek to problematize and dismantle the ownership of knowledge.

JCSHESA adheres to the BOAI definition of open access and users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.

We welcome submissions across a range of topics that interrogate higher education and student affairs through the explicit use of critical social theories and frameworks. Please read through our submission guidelines for more information. If you have additional questions, visit our editorial board page to email an editor.


Editor's Welcome

Welcome to AY 2019-2020! My name is Sydney Curtis (she/her). As the new Editor in Chief of JCSHESA I am thrilled to introduce our 2019-2020 Editorial Board! For the first time in JCSHESA history, our illustrious new Board members come from outstanding institutions across the United States. Make sure you're following @jcshesa on Instagram and Twitter to stay connect with us and browse our FREE, open-access volumes of critical scholarship via the taskbar to the left. Feel free to contact us at with any questions or ideas. We look forward to connecting with you!

Submitting Academic Conference Proposals as Graduate Students

Have you considered submitting a conference proposal for an academic conference as a Higher Education graduate student? Whether you are currently working on a proposal or thinking about it for the first time, join us for a webinar discussion and hear from other graduate students about the submission process. Learn about presentation formats, conference types, writing an effective proposal, and more!

Demystifying the Research Process For Higher Education Graduate Students

This webinar was co-sponsored by the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) and NASPA's New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community (NPGS KC) . and featured graduate student panelists that spoke about demystifying the research process for higher education graduate students. Attendees also took the opportunity to ask questions for the panelists to answer. A copy of the webinar can be found here on our YouTube page.

JCSHESA No-Host Social at ASHE 2018

We are excited to be attending the annual conference for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in Tampa, FL. Each year, we offer an opportunity for scholars, faculty members, and graduate students of higher education to come together for a No-Host Social. Our hope for this social is for everyone to come together to build community in academia, engage in critical dialogue about scholarship, and learn more about the Journal if you are interested! We will be meeting at Zudar's (201 W Platt St.), a bar that is nearby to the conference hotels. If you have questions or want to know more about our Journal prior to the event, please email us at jcshesa@gmail.com. Look forward to seeing you there!

Special Issue Release: Resilience, Resistance, and Reclamation: Changing the Narrative of Higher Education

It is with great excitement that we release our latest special issue, Resilience, Resistance, and Reclamation in Higher Education. We were fortunate to include multiple studies, narratives, and experiences with the help of amazing scholars, artists, and practitioners seeking critical change in higher education and student affairs. Special thank you to the editors and reviewers of the 2017-2018 Editorial Board for helping make this issue possible! We hope this issue inspires your work and research and look forward to more publications to come soon!

The Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) is a student-run, open access journal that provides a platform for critical, actionable scholarship that impacts current students, scholars, activists, and community members in higher education and student affairs. In our mission and purpose, we strive to provide a unique venue for critical research and discourse that promotes social justice in higher education.

We are currently accepting applications for reviewers that will help us meet our goal to publish high quality, engaging scholarship. All JCSHESA Reviewers agree to serve a two-year term upon selection. Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter detailing your qualifications, research interests, and related experiences to jcshesa@gmail.com. Interested applicants must also complete the 2019-2021 JCSHESA Reviewer Profile form at https://tinyurl.com/jcshesarevpro19. Graduate students and scholars with a familiarity of critical theories and frameworks are encouraged to apply!

The deadline for applications, including submission of the CV, cover letter, and Reviewer Profile form is Friday, November 15, 2019. All applicants will be notified of decisions no later than Friday, December 6, 2019.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Managing Editor Dianey R. Leal at . Thank you and we look forward to your application!


JCSHESA is housed at Loyola University Chicago in the School of Education's Higher Education program.