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Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (Journals and Magazines)

ISSN 2377-1305

JCSHESA Public Announcement: Message of Solidarity

We hope you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe as we navigate the unprecedented events of COVID-19 together. In this time of uncertainty, we want to emphasize that the wellbeing and sanity of our editorial board members, authors, reviewers, readers, families, and friends are of utmost importance to us. As a student-run journal, we acknowledge the distress, anxiety, and increasing responsibilities that many communities and individuals - ourselves included - have experienced as a result of these disruptive changes. As we continue to make adjustments to our professional and personal lives, we are greatly heartened by the continued dedication of our editorial board members and reviewers to the ethos of JCSHESA as a publication centered around critical scholarship and care for one another.

Although our journal will continue to operate during this time, we hope to do so as humanely as possible. Thus, we have made multiple changes to our timelines and processes as part of our response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

  • We have reached out to all editorial board members and continue to do regular check-ins with our Associate Editors and Editorial Assistants. We hope these check-ins are gentle reminders that we are here for one another. As a student-run journal, we also understand that any of our members may need to cut back on journal duties, and we wholeheartedly support this decision.
  • We have reached out to all of our peer reviewers, acknowledging the difficult circumstances we are in and providing space for them to reach out to us if they have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the review process and timeline.
  • We are committed to being as flexible as we can with our peer reviewers at this time and have reached out to them via email already. We have also revised the automated messages for reviewers and authors to reflect our current circumstances.
  • We have momentarily stopped reviewing new submissions for Volume 6, Issue 1 in an effort to alleviate the workload of our editorial board members and reviewers. Authors who have recently submitted (with the exception of the Special Issue) will be notified of this pause. We intend to start reviewing again in August.

As a journal, we understand that transforming educational systems is an on-going process that involves both successes and shortcomings, but above all, it involves compassion and grace during these difficult times. We hope the changes we have made ease the pressure on our editorial board members, authors, and reviewers, and we hope to continue to show compassion through our scholarship and practices as a team.

Thank you to all those who continue to support JCSHESA, particularly our reviewers whose critical feedback is invaluable to our scholarship process, our readers from across the globe who use our scholarship to make equitable changes to practices in higher education, and our authors whose work continues to meet our mission to provide meaningful, intentional, and actionable scholarship that can effect change.

In Solidarity,
The Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs

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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.

JCSHESA Editors' Panel Recording

Thank you for your interest in the Editors’ Panel hosted by the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 11am-12pm (PST) /1pm-2pm (CST)/ 2pm-3pm (EST). The panel featured editors from top journals in the field of higher education, including: Dr. Kimberly Griffin, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education; Dr. Mitchell Chang, The Journal of Higher Education; Dr. Vasti Torres, Journal of College Student Development, and Dr. Marilyn Amey, Community College Review. The recording of the event includes: Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (5 min); Introducing panelists (5 min); Panelists answer prepared questions (30 min); Audience Q and A for the panelists (Questions will be submitted to us via DM and read aloud; 15 min); Closing (5 min). Please email us at , with any questions you may have. Thank you!

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

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