Gifts to our field

Gifts to our field

Hello SAAL blog readers,
Our next edition of the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry is available for your review. On top of their already busy schedules, these contributors decided to share their knowledge with us, in an effort to help the field grow in new and productive directions. As the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, I wanted to publicly express my thankfulness that they chose to trust our outlet with their scholarship. This issue centers around questions that interact with our practice. The articles discuss the following: 
  • Joseph Levy, Richard Hess, and Amanda Thomas describe connections between co-curricular work and accreditation and discusses how student affairs assessment can contribute to accreditation.
  • Maureen Cochran, Pamelyn Shefman, and Mudithani Hettiarachchi describe the various actors involved in a program review, types of review, and offers perspectives of a reviewer as well as someone in an office that was reviewed.
  • Margaret Leary sought to understand how student affairs assessment experts define a culture of assessment in student affairs and used a Delphi study to center their inquiry. 
  • Erika L. Beseler Thompson, Chris Ray, and Nathan Wood explore the range of perceptions of student affairs practitioners regarding assessment of student learning by integrating various individual and environmental variables.
  • Courtney Marsden and Erica Eckert explore the assessment and research content within master’s-level student affairs programs along with the literature pertaining to the needs of the profession.
  • Finally, LaNette Thompson and Jeff Doyle explore a process using poster sessions. This process is shared for those who wish to use this method to encourage student affairs assessment at their institution. 

Please note tables and figures referenced are at the top of each article when you click on the link. The page for the fourth issue is here:
Part of this work would not be possible without the help of our reviewers. Those who have helped us are nearing the ends of their term, and we would like to use this opportunity to reach out to people who might be interested in being part of the community of review who seek to add thoughts and suggestions to the manuscripts that make the Journal possible. Training is provided, and we would like those who are doing work in the field of Student Affairs to assist us. If you are interested, please submit a short paragraph of your proposed approach to reviewing by answering the following question:
What is your approach to providing feedback to people to help grow their work, and what is the foundation of your approach?
Please also submit a resume or vitae- both of these items should be sent to Daniel Newhart, Editor in Chief of the Journal, using the contact link at this page:
Finally, I have served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal since it started in 2015. I would like to open up this opportunity for another person in the field, starting in January of 2019. If you are interested, please send your resume or vitae, an example review you have provided (this could be for a journal, or even feedback you have provided in your daily work) and an answer to the following question:
What does it mean for those who create manuscript to trust us with their scholarship? As potential Editor-in-Chief, how will you cultivate and sustain this trust?

Daniel Newhart, Penn State

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