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Journal of College and Character

Journal of College and Character

Student Success Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Undergraduate

Journal of College and Character is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities influence the moral and civic learning and behavior of students. Published quarterly, the journal features scholarly articles and applied research on issues related to ethics, values, and character development in a higher education setting.

Issues Per Year
4 issues per year

About JCC

Aims and Scope

Journal of College and Character is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities influence the moral and civic learning and behavior of students. The journal publishes scholarly articles and applied research on issues related to ethics, values, and character development in a higher education setting.

Published quarterly, the journal encourages the submission of manuscripts from around the world and from a wide range of academic and professional fields, including higher education, student affairs, psychology, religion, sociology, business, social work, philosophy, law, and education.

The journal audience includes faculty, administrators, graduate students, and practitioners in student services and campus ministry, as well as others engaged in research and practice in moral education in colleges and universities.


JCC Areas of Interest

Journal of College and Character publishes the following types of articles (open submission)

  • Peer Reviewed 
  • Opinions & Perspectives

The journal also publishes these regular columns (invited only)

  • Civic Engagement on Campus
  • College Student Development Outside the US
  • Cultural Cross Currents on Campus
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Ethical Issues on Campus
  • Interfaith Cooperation
  • Invited Featured Article
  • Preparing Students for Careers & Callings
  • Student Engagement With Spiritual & Secular Worldviews
  • What They're Reading

Read the Current JCC

Journal of College and Character is a professional journal that examines how colleges and universities impact the moral and civic engagement of students. Read the current issue.

JCC Submission Guidelines

The Journal of College and Character considers manuscripts of these two types of articles:  Peer Reviewed Articles; and Opinions and Perspectives.  Read more to see how to prepare your manuscript..

Submit a Manuscript

Submit a manuscript to the Journal of College + Character. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Submit a Manuscript


JCC Editors

JCC Editorial Board

William H. Arnold, Alma College
Michelle L. Boettcher, Clemson University
Christopher Broadhurst, University of New Orleans
Patience D. Bryant, California State University Long Beach
Dan Sarofian-Butin, Merrimack College
Sara Connolly, University of Bridgeport
Elizabeth Connor, The Citadel
Andrew Courtner, Lincoln Memorial University
Christy Moran Craft, Kansas State University
Rebecca E. Crandall, Ohio State University
Claudia F. Curry, Community College of Philadelphia
Marylee Demeter, Rutgers University
Pitt Derryberry, Western Kentucky University
Tonya M. Driver, Texas A&M University
Sean Gehrke, University of Washington
Perry L. Glanzer, Baylor University
Corday Thomas Goddard, St. Norbert College
Jacob R. Grohs, Virginia Tech
Eric Grospitch, Washburn University
Kathy L. Guthrie, The Florida State University
Laura M. Harrison, Ohio University
April Herring, Carroll Community College
Tori A. Holmes, Marshall B. Ketchum University
Jonathon M. Hyde, Appalachian State University
Joshua Moon Johnson, American River College
John Klatt, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dena R. Kniess, University of West Georgia
John Kolligian, Princeton University
Lynda Tierney Konecny, A.T. Still University
Forrest C. Lane, Sam Houston State University
Phyllis McCluskey-Titus, Illinois State University
Donna J. Menke, University of Memphis
Leslie Sadler Meyerhoff, Cornell University
Demetri Morgan, Loyola University Chicago
Jonathan J. O'Brien, California State University, Long Beach
Jennifer E. Pope, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Judith McGuire Robinson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alyssa N. Rockenbach, North Carolina State University
Joanne Rojas, University of Kentucky
Larry D. Roper, Oregon State University
Pietro Sasso, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Douglas N. Searcy, Barton College
Gabriel Ramón Serna, Virginia Tech
Timothy C. Shiell, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Scott Silverman, California Lutheran University
Audrey Sorrells, University of Texas at Austin
Adam Burke Sterritt, University of Alabama
Eric Swank, Arizona State University
Ashley Tull, Southern Methodist University
Thomas A. Walker, Wayne Community College
Elizabeth Wallace, Tarleton State University
Kelly Ward, Washington State University
Diane M. Waryold, Appalachian State University
Rich Whitney, University of La Verne
Jermaine F. Williams, Nassau Community College
John Zacker, University of Maryland

JCC Connexions Latest Issue



Welcome to the JCC Connexions Blog! Discover more about the people behind the Journal of College and Character in JCC Connexions. 

The purpose of Connexions is to make spaces for readers, authors, and editors to meet at the many intersections of programs, practices, and research. People are at the heart of the Connexions approach.

Inside This Issue. . .

May 2023, Vol. 9, No. 2

What Is One Alternative Way to Measure and Conceptualize Spirituality? Critical Conversations #33 

Nayoung Jang, Korea University Sejong
K. C. Culver, The University of Alabama
Nicholas A. Bowman, The University of Iowa

In  A Scale of Authenticity as a Secular Measurement of Spirituality, the authors propose a scale to measure college students’ authenticity, which is a closely related concept to spirituality. They answer questions posed by JCC editors.  Read More.

Questions Relating to Moral Development: JCC, May 2023

Pamela C. Crosby, Co-Editor, Journal of College and Character

Here are some important questions that relate to moral development that are explored in articles in the May 2023 issue (vol. 24, no. 2) of the Journal of College and Character. Read more

New Spaces & Roles for Student Affairs Educators

Living in the Now: Spirituality and the Impact of the Pandemic on Undergraduate Students

Michael J. Stebleton, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Clearly, the pandemic continues to shape students’ perceptions around their academic, personal, and professional experiences. In my last column post (February 2023), I described an exercise where I asked undergraduate students how Covid-19 might have influenced their own values about work and life overall. Most notably, many students discussed how the pandemic nudged them to re-evaluate priorities in their own lives, while other students discussed making significant changes around their major or intended career trajectories.. Read more.

Lessons in Moral Development Learned From a Sabbatical Adventure

Humanizing an Essential Question: The Agency – Structure Dialectic

Peter Mather, Ohio University

I regularly found that students had difficulties knowing how to translate their understanding of theories into their work. I believed I had found the silver bullet: theoretical models that promote action. My attention to the framework of agency was built on a belief that the world is complex, in an ongoing state of flux, and people are confronting epic, existential concerns that deal with meaning and existence.  Read more.

Critical Religious Studies in Higher Education

Jenny L. Small Brandeis University

Jenny Small and her colleagues Renee Bowling, Julia Collett, and Sachi Edwards compiled of list of presentations related to critical religious studies at the conferences they collectively attended this year: . Read more.

Engaging Civic Religious Pluralism

Becca Hartman-Pickerill, Interfaith America

As we prepare for another momentous year, this is an invitation to expect relationships and connection, expect difference and disagreement, and invest in the time needed to cultivate bridgebuilding skills. While the instances of conflict and disagreement hold our attention (see Ripley’s book to learn more), one of the skills of bridgebuilding is developing a radar screen for stories of engagement, connection and collaboration across difference. Listen to, read, repeat those stories too. Many religious traditions call their adherents to be careful about what crosses their eyes, what they take into their hearts, and what they give their attention to; academics share a similar commitment, though differently framed, to pay attention to the best thinking and argument that you disagree with (not the most outlandish).  Whatever the motivation, my hope for our campuses and broader community is to live into these expectations and aspirations. Read more.

Fostering Moral Development

Alan Acosta, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School 

One question I have been grappling with lately is can higher education institutions guarantee students' safety? And to think take that one step further, should that even be a guarantee higher education institutions make? Read more.


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