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Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs

ISSN 2377-1305


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.


Call for 2018-2019 Editorial Board Members

The Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) is seeking graduate students interested in joining the Editorial Board for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. We are looking for Associate Editors (4), Editorial Assistants (8), a Design and Layout Editor, as well as a new Associate Editor-At-Large open to graduate students around the country. Associate Editors are collectively responsible for serving as liaisons with reviewers, outreach, and coordination of the journal. The Design and Layout Editor oversees the design and layout of all manuscripts, research in briefs, and special issues for the Journal. Editorial Assistants perform a range of administrative and editorial tasks necessary to ensure the journal's publication. Our new position, the Associate Editor-At Large shares the same responsibilities as Associate Editors in addition to coordination of special projects in collaboration with the Managing Editor and Editor in Chief. The terms for all positions begin July 1, 2018 and end August 31, 2019. Detailed descriptions for each position can be found here. If you are interested in a position, please send us a letter of intent and a CV indicating your interest. Detailed position descriptions can be found here. Materials should be submitted via email to by May 4, 2018


Call for Proposals: JCSHESA Special Issue - Resilience, Resistance, and Reclamation

At every turn and post on social media, we encounter images and reminders of the tumultuous sociopolitical climate of today. Scholars, educators, and activists are now being challenged to resist and reclaim our stories and identities in the face of extreme adversity. In order to honor the work of our community, we are currently seeking submissions for our upcoming special issue Resilience, Resistance, and Reclamation to be published in spring 2018. For this issue, we seek authors willing to challenge the status quo of higher education policies and practices used to divide us during the current Trump-era administration. Further, we want to build a special issue that speaks to nuanced experiences that dismantle oppressive practices and illuminates the collective knowledge of marginalized voices in higher education. Suggested topics for submissions include:

  • The impact of the governmental rescission of DACA
  • Rise of domestic and global white nationalism in higher education
  • The effect of hurricane relief efforts on college campuses
  • Rollback of Title IX government regulations
  • The impact of potential GOP tax cut plans on graduate students
  • Neo-colonization in American higher education
  • The experiences of international students with conservative immigration policies
  • Other topics related to injustices imposed by the Trump-era administration

Interested authors and contributors should submit abstract proposals no longer than 500 words (not including possible references) for review. The proposals should provide an overview of the submission, fit within the special issue topic, significance to higher education and student affairs, and employment of a critical, social framework. All theoretical and/or empirical research submissions should follow APA 6th edition guidelines. Proposals should be submitted via email to We also accept submissions using media or artistic mediums including book reviews, poetry, drawings, and videos. Once submissions are reviewed, authors will be notified of accepted proposals and sent further details and full manuscript guidelines for peer review and publication. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and community members with a familiarity and understanding of critical social frameworks are encouraged to apply. Below is the suggested timeline for our process:

  • Call for special issue submissions begin: November 27, 2017
  • Abstract proposals due: December 15, 2017
  • Notification of proposal acceptance: January 15, 2018
  • Full submission due: February 15, 2018
  • Revisions sent back to author: March 15, 2018
  • Final draft due: April 2, 2018
  • Layout/Publishing: May 2018

The official call document can be found here for future reference.If you have any questions about this process or have interest in submitting, please email us at We look forward to working with you.

Announcing JCSHESA's new blog, PRAXIS.

In an effort to adhere to our mission to publish meaningful, intentional, and actionable scholarship, we release the following call for contributions to our new blog, PRAXIS (

JCSHESA and PRAXIS invite blog submissions that address the current political and social climate on campus and the future of higher education. We welcome submissions from all individuals regardless of their affiliation with higher education. We are particularly interested in highlighting the voices of groups and communities who are working to transform their campuses into physically and psychologically safe spaces for all individuals.

Submissions will be reviewed and edited by the editorial staff (with authors' final approval) and will be posted on the PRAXIS blog. Through these contributions, we seek to demonstrate the agency and power of students in the ongoing battle for social justice on campus and beyond. Submissions are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Guidelines for submissions:

  • All submissions must be written in plain, accessible language.
  • Target length should be 300-600 words.
  • We especially encourage submissions from current students, community members, and individuals who belong to traditionally underrepresented or marginalized communities.
  • Include your name, institutional affiliation, and/or organizational affiliation where appropriate/desired.
  • Contributors are encouraged to be creative and original and to take advantage of the web environment by including multimedia elements and embedding links to related materials. [NOTE: Multimedia resources submitted to PRAXIS must be the property of the individual submitting them. Contributions including multimedia resources should specifically verify, in the submission, that the resources belong to the contributor and specifically authorize JCSHESA and/or PRAXIS to use and distribute them.]
  • Contributors are expected to remain active members of the PRAXIS community and contribute/respond to comments for three months after a post is published.

Submissions should be sent as an attachment in Word format (.doc/.docx) to . Please use "PRAXIS Guest Submission" as the subject line. Further information about the PRAXIS blog may be found at


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